My family and I are excited about the soon approaching Feast of the Lord, Yom Teruah, Feast of Tabernacles, and the Day of Atonement. My family observes these Feasts that have been established for believers in the Messiah, Yeshua. We await the reporting of the first sliver of the new moon over Jerusalem. In a way we look for the new moon that ushers in the 7th month in anticipation of the return of King Yeshua:
The Feast of Yom Teruah is coming to a city near you on Shabbot if the new moon arrives on sundown September 21 to sundown September 22, 2017, or the first day of the 7th Hebrew month. My young family will read Leviticus 23:24-25. We will read the victory of God over Jericho and walk around our house seven times and blow kiddie trumpets! We will share how Yeshua will come for his bride at the blowing of the seventh trumpet, and reclaim his throne!
Provided here I give an excerpt from my book, 3 Quality Church Father Strategies” concerning the Feast of Trumpets, Yom Teruah:
Trumpets (Yom Teruah)Tishri 1 Fall New Moon(“rosh chodesh”), which brings me to the point of new moon celebrations. At the sighting ofthe first sliver of the new moon we can celebrate YHWH’s new month.This is the feast, in which no man knows the Day or the Hour in which the feast will begin, because the conjunction of the lunar cycle is unpredictable. That is why the first sliver of the new moon must be sighted from Jerusalem by two witnesses to usher in this feast.Trumpets represents the return of Yeshua ha Mashiach in victory and glory as a reigning King and vengeful bridegroom that is the prophesied avenger of Blood to take his bride to be with him in the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.1 Thessalonians 4:16, 1 Corinthians 15:52, Matthew 24:31, Revelation 11:15-18, Exodus 19:13, 1Thessalonians 4:13-18, Isaiah 33:4, 2 Thessalonians 2:1, Genesis 49:10, Isaiah 42:1, Isaiah 65:9, Isaiah 45:4, Mark 13:27″
With the two previous hurricanes devastating the lives of so many people recently and one more, Maria on the way we are ready to hunker down again and joyfully celebrate these feasts, with or without electricity. No matter what we will have the power of the Ruach HaKodesh, or Holy Spirit.
After braving these previous storms many Christians have prayed with fervent love to see many saved, both physically, and spiritually. My family has escaped with no casualties.
Praise YeHoVah my niece with a heart condition was able to seek the care she needed in order to regain her strength after such an ordeal. I hope that all of these stories of trial and deliverance will excite the need for the church to wake up from the paralysis onset from fear of end times tribulation so that we can discuss the full picture of the tribulation.
There seems to be an unwritten promise from God that the believing church will be spared from the kind of trial and tribulation that Peter encourages the believers of the dispersion to joyfully endure.
In all my years of reading the bible I have never read any account where fear of trial or tribulation is commended, but rather rebuked. One topic that is far removed from many church sermons or teachings is the joy that the Christian should feel when reading about the tribulation of the end times’ 70th Week of Daniel and the part that the principalities and powers in heavenly places play in the end times scenario that we read of in the scriptures.
Ephesians 3:7-21 goes a long way in encouraging us to look into the supernatural realm and how they fit into the “manifold wisdom of God according to the eternal purposes in which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord”:
7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.
8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
Whenever the tribulation was brought up in my formative years I would take special solace in the idea of the doctrine of the pre-tribulation rapture. Myself, nor my believing future generations would have to go through the tribulation according to that doctrine. That feeling of solace would soon turn into feelings of sadness for the tribulation saints that became saved after the pre-tribulation rapture. They were the unfortunate members of the church. They had their chance to escape the tribulation, but would have to believe through fire and pain for not having taken the opportunity to believe in Jesus when they had the chance to have their “get out of tribulation free” card. But then the unsettling thought came to my mind. “Does the church of Jesus have two classes of believers? Is there a model for such a division for believers in Yeshua/Jesus?
I found such a division, but could place a secret rapture within the context of the warning from the risen Yeshua in the vision of John the Apostle in Revelation 3 between the distinct warning for those who are un-watchful, patient, and deluded:
1. Unwatchful believers as the church of Sardis who will be surprised by the coming of Christ due to slothful unworthiness,
2. Patiently overcoming believers that have the heart of the church of Philadelphia who have “kept the word of (Yeshua’s) patience, (he) also will keep (them) from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth”
3. Lukewarm and deluded believers who share in Yeshua’s serious warning for the church that follows after the example of the church of Laodicea
But, this does not prove the existence of a secret rapture due to the fact that the believing church is believing Israel, who is promised a place of refuge on the earth during the indignation that will come on the earth with the Day of the Lord. For now let us look at the fact that Revelation 3 juxtaposes these three conditions of the heart for believers and the fact that a rapture is not promised to the church of Philadelphia when we see examples of God removing believers into a land of safety through obedience, such as Noah’s family, Lot’s family, and the fact that Goshen was protected during the 10 plagues of Exodus.
3 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”
The only way to fully disprove any pre-tribulation rapture doctrine or theory will be to live during the persecution of the Antichrist as a born again Christian. The rapture, or translation to the Heavenly realm in a transformed body is taught in several places. The day of the Lord and the 3 ½ year tribulation that immediately precedes the Antichrist breaking a covenant with Israel, setting up the Abomination of Desolation, and extreme persecution of God’s people that lasts for another 3 ½ years is clearly taught in scripture in connection with the Rapture.
Along with the true timing of the rapture in tomorrow’s follow-up blog post we will discuss the fact that the angelic “Sons of God” and their hybrid offspring, the Nephilim tyrants of the ancient world taught many sacred sciences and gave technology to the ancient Antidiluvian world. Please do check out tomorrow’s blog post to find out more of this crucial Biblical topic.