Tomorrow evening at sundown, Rosh Hashanah begins for observant Jews. What stands out about Rosh Hashanah is that its the 2 days out of the year desscribed as "the day and hour no man knoweth." So, we have all the rest of the days of the year, and rosh hashanah. I plan to be watching and ready should Jesus return during the next couple of days, I encourage you to do the same.
I asked the Lord last night if he would tell me. I asked him "are you coming back during rosh hashanah 2008? How much longer Lord?" I believe the answer was: he's going to tell us when the event is right on top of us, but no sooner. It's going to happen like it did for the 10 virgins in Matt 25. Notice, all the virgins were awakened with Matt 25:6 and in the middle of the night a cry was made, Lo, the bridegroom doth come; go ye forth to meet him. 7 'then rose all those virgins, and trimmed their lamps, 8 and the foolish said to the prudent, Give us of your oil, because our lamps are going out.
Then rose ALL those virgins. So they all rose up, but here's the thing, half of them, the foolish, had no oil in their lamps....no Holy Spirit. The greek word used to describe their condition is sbennumi sben'-noo-mee: to extinguish -- go out, quench. TO EXTINGUISH.
Here's the thing about the timing, all the virgins rose, half were found lacking and went to "buy" some oil. Then the bridegroom came and took the virgins who were ready into the wedding. My point is THERE WAS TIME for the foolish to run off and attempt "to buy" more oil, BUT THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH TIME for them to make it into the wedding with the bridegroom. Same thing with Noah, he was given notice before he went into the ark, Lot had to walk out of Sodom before fire could destroy the place. So...we might have some kind of a "wake up" call, then a little bit of time before " in a twinkling of an eye" we are translated.
From the time that we "get notice" till the time we translate, there's NOT ENOUGH TIME TO GET READY......you have to BE READY ALREADY. The point here for the foolish virgins is: they WILL KNOW THEY MISSED IT. Matt 25: 11 and afterwards come also do the rest of the virgins, saying, Sir, sir, open to us; 12 and he answering said, Verily I say to you, I have not known you. 13 'Watch therefore, for ye have not known the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man doth come.
"The rest" of the virgins will come knocking, and Jesus will tell them I HAVE NOT KNOWN YOU" or....I NEVER KNEW YOU, I DON'T KNOW YOU --you get the point.
We are told to be watching at EVERY SEASON, not just during Rosh Hashanah. But every season INCLUDES rosh hashanah, so we should be watching, in my opinion, ESPECIALLY WATCHING during the next few days. Watching during EVERY season, is not easy. Staying on high alert for Jesus return ALL THE TIME is hard, but Jesus has'nt left us hanging. Those who have their "oil" topped off, will be watching and ready. How can you fall asleep at the wheel with a FIRE burning inside you?
My job is to warn you, to encourage you. You have been warned, so have I. Let's kick up our watchfullness during the next few days, lets be ready for Jesus should he return. Let's not stop there, we have to FINISH what we started. The finish line for our watchfulness and readiness is when Jesus shows up.
Look around you, talk to people. Almost everyone agrees that something BIG is about to happen. Everyone has a different opinion on what that big thing is. The point is, BIG THINGS ARE COMING. The entire financial system is about to collapse, world war 3 is on the horizon, martial law is likely in the United States, if Obama does'nt win the presidency, there will probably be race riots all over the country, the anti-christ is about to show up, theres no gasoline over a large section of the SE united states, natural disasters are getting bigger and deadlier, the list goes on and on. None of the things I list up there bother me in the least. Why? Whether I am in heaven or on earth, the answer to ALL my problems are "in Christ." HE is the answer to everything you face. Jesus is our PRIZED POSSESSION on earth, and in heaven. Heaven WOULD NOT BE HEAVEN without Jesus. He's the answer guys, get right with him today, stay right with him today. The end of all things is staring us in the face. Love, grace and peace