Sunday, September 17, 2017

3 Days Till The Feast of Trumpets-Be Watching and Ready

Rosh Hashanah 2017
  • begins Wednesday, September 20
    • at sunset (in 3 days)
  • ends Friday, September 22
    • at nightfall
It is our duty to be watching and ready for the Lord's arrival on the feast of trumpets every year.  We do not know the day or hour He will come back.  That saying has a double meaning just as many things our Lord said have double or triple meanings.  He said what He said in such a way to confound the casual reader.  In this case He said no many knows the day or hour of His secret return.  That is 100% true.  Is it possible to know within two days?  Yes-the Feast of Trumpets.  Is it possible to know the season?  Yes, the fall.  Who "predicted" that the Feast of Trumpets will have a prophetic fulfillment.  The Lord God did.

So what?  So those who know for a fact that all 4 of the spring feasts were prophetically fulfilled-to the very day- and refuse to watch for the fulfillment of the next one will be found without an excuse when it happens.  We have been warned extensively.  We have had signs in the sun, moon and stars.  We have the world in complete upheaval socially, spiritually, naturally, economically, and yet many still refuse to watch.

The Lord Himself told us to watch, watch, watch.  For what?  For Him.  For His return.  Does it sound like a broken record?  It should, that's the point.  The Lord repeated Himself over and over again on this point which is something He does not do unless it is critically important. 

What happens if the Lord does not come back this year on the Feast of Trumpets?

1.  The feast of Trumpets is not the only time we are watching for His return.  What were His instructions to us? 

Luke 21:36 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man."

Right ^^ always means always.  Always means every day, so we continue watching-always.

2.  The Feast of Trumpets takes place every year which means we will heighten our watching and readiness again next year without failing to watch and pray every day as we were commanded.

Be watching and be ready.  Those were the commands our Master left for us.  Those who refuse to do this, will likely be sorely disappointed.  The scoffers and mockers like to ask us what happens when we are "wrong" when each year so far the Lord has tarried on the Feast of Trumpets.  I like to turn this question around on them.  What happens when they are wrong and left behind?  They like to ask us what will happen to our faith when the Lord doesn't arrive on this years Feast of Trumpets and I like to counter with whats going to happen to their faith when He does..........

This watching and readiness has ZERO to do with mankind predicting what is going to happen.  It has everything to do with each and every Divine appointment/Feast day/Moed predicting that something is going to happen.  Man did not predict this, the Lord God did.  The Lord God is the one who commanded the repeated observance of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot.  Our watching and readiness is predicated on our Lord's commands to us.  It is also heightened by signs in the heavens and signs on earth.

The Lord told us to watch and this writer intends to do exactly what the Lord commanded.  This writer will be watching for the Lord Jesus Christ to do exactly what He said He would do and arrive on an unexpected day and hour.

I'm sorry if my logic is off here but lets consider how this could possibly play out:

1.  The obedient do what the Lord commanded and are watching and ready EVERY DAY, but especially around the Fall feast days.  When the Lord does arrive some day, where exactly is the downside for one who is found watching on that day?

2.  The scoffers and deniers make their decision to start watching on some day or other in the future (?)-whenever that is, the Lord shows up on a different day.  There is plenty of downside in that scenario.  They refused to watch and as a result the Lord arrives "as a thief."

Rev 3:2Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. 3Remember 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. 

There is no downside, no risk, no problem, no disobedience in watching for our Lord's return EVERY DAY.  All of the downside risk lies with those who refuse to do what they were clearly told to do-be always on the watch

The warnings are clear.  Be watching or else....

grace and peace