Rosh Hashanah is the only time during the year that I've seen any reason to step up our watchfulness and preparedness (from high to extremely high) for Jesus to come back. The Jewish feasts were given to men for a reason, to remember what God has done, and to keep in mind what he's going to do in the future.
Rosh Hashanah 2008 started at nightfall last night and ends at nightfall tomorrow evening. We will be halfway through it tonight at sundown. Jesus is going to come back when the Father tells him to. We are told to be watching and ready. This says it perfectly:
Matt 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Watch, be ready...Why? Because at an hour that you think not, that's when Jesus will show up. I have no idea which day and hour Jesus is going to show up, but I know that you and I can watch and be ready. Seems to me, the days we live in make it easier than ever to keep our eyes on the sky. Yesterday the stock market took the largest one day dive EVER. Events like this should keep us focused. MANY people are getting weighed down by the anxieties of life. Life savings are being robbed by the rich at the expense of the common man, so what? On the day Jesus shows up for us, IT WONT MATTER how much money was in your bank accounts. Yea, today it matters, and if you know Jesus and Jesus knows you, he'll take care of you like he always has. I have seen the God I serve part the red sea in my life. I have seen at least 1 miracle, personally. I have also seen an innumerable number of smaller acts of love and kindness directed toward me and my family by the Creator of the universe. My God is real. He is the God you can find in the bible for yourself. I recommend NOT taking mens words for who he is, you need to find out about him FOR YOURSELF. Most people don't care enough to do that so they participate in Jiffy Lube Christianity, getting "serviced" weekly by hired hand nicolaitan pastors.
Rosh Hashanah 2008 is a time for increased watchfulness and readiness. Think about how perfect the timing is right now for the rapture. The entire world is tuned into whats going on with the crashing financial markets. Those who are of this world would be blindsided completely. That does'nt mean that Jesus will come back today or tomorrow, no man knows the day or hour, but if he does, we should be ready for it. One thing many people agree on is: the tribulation is coming SOON. I never see disagreement on that. If the tribulation is as close as everyone thinks it is and IF the rapture is pre-tribulation, what does that mean? How much time is left? Not much.
What an exciting time to be alive. Think about the implications of these things. The moment you come into Jesus presence as a believer, all your troubles are OVER. Your mind cannot comprehend how good its going to be. Your heart will throb with joy. Think about how you'd feel if you just won the largest lottery jackpot ever. Then multiply that feeling by a thousand. Because we are such weak creatures, its hard to grasp these things, BUT THEY ARE COMING. Things are about to get REALLY GOOD for some people, those who are watching and ready. Things are about to get UNBELIEVABLY BAD FOR OTHERS. The next event we should be looking for is the escape of the church. That event is pictured throughout the bible and I believe we are alive to see it happen any time now, perhaps today.
We should be on extreme rapture watch throughout today and tomorrow. If Jesus does not come back for us over these two days, WE WERE WATCHING AND READY, right? Then what? We continue to watch and be ready, realizing how short time is. Take any opportunities you can to do good and move our Lord's kingdom forward. Our Father, who art in heaven, blessed be your name. THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE!!!!!! here on earth as it is in heaven. Watching the greed and corruption in this world makes me long for his kingdom in a big way. The hardships of this world, this present time of distress can turn a man either toward the world, or toward the kingdom of heaven. Where people turn during times like this shows you where their heart is. Jesus is about to show up and so called pastors like Chuck Baldwin are running for president, other hired hand pastors are telling people to vote for either one of the other two presidential wannabes. As if it matters? These men speak from the viewpoint of the world. Their fixes for everything come from the world. What does that tell you about these men? THEY ARE OF THIS WORLD. We are not. Our kingdom is not of this world, we are looking for solutions that are not of this world. The two viewpoints are light-years apart.
Time is short, Jesus could come back today. I've been bugging him, "Lord, is it today? Are you coming back today?" Be a good soldier, watch in every season, be watching, be ready..thats the answer I get :-)
love to you all, grace and peace