Friday, September 18, 2009

Rosh Hashanah 2009

Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish holiday commonly referred to as the "Jewish new year." It is observed on the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar as ordained in the Torah, in Leviticus 23:24. Rosh Hashanah is the first of the High Holidays or Yamim Noraim ("Days of Awe"), or Asseret Yemei Teshuva (Ten Days of Repentance) which are days specifically set aside to focus on repentance that conclude with the holiday of Yom Kippur.
Rosh Hashanah is the start of the civil year in the Hebrew calendar (one of four "new year" observances that define various legal "years" for different purposes as explained in the
Mishnah and Talmud). It is the new year for people, animals, and legal contracts. The Mishnah also sets this day aside as the new year for calculating calendar years and sabbatical (shmita) and jubilee (yovel) years. Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of man whereas five days earlier, on 25 of Elul, marks the first day of creation.[2]
The Mishnah, the core text of Judaism's oral Torah, contains the first known reference to Rosh Hashanah as the "day of judgment."

Rosh Hashanah 2009.....In 2009 Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) begins at sundown on Friday September 18 and ends at nightfall on Sunday September 20.

^^^^That's tonight....The focus according to the Jewish understanding of this feast is repentance and judgement. This is block of days on the calendar when we can not know the "day or hour" that it occurs in perfect parallel to the way our Lord says he is coming back for us. We know there is a day our Lord has in store for the wicked. Lot walked out of Sodom and when he was far enough out of town, fire and brimstone fell. Life went on as usual for the people of Noah's day right up to the day that he entered the ark....Matt 24:38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

There are no idle words in the bible so when we are told "in the days before the flood" which are days just like today, people "were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark," that should mean something to us. Life went on as usual right up to the day that Noah entered the ark, then something happened...something bad to the people outside the ark: they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

Nobody except our Lord knows whether or not the "coming of the Son of Man" will occur this weekend. Is it possible for the Lord to take us away this weekend? Sure it is. The escape from all/rapture is not our Lord's "second coming." He is not coming to put his feet down on the mount of olives and establish his earthly kingdom, he's just coming down to the clouds this time, not putting feet on earth yet. We will be caught up in the clouds to meet our Lord when the "harpazo/snatching away/escape from all/rapture" occurs.

There are many people in this world who tell us that its pathetic to believe in an escape, somehow we should "man up" and face the tribulation, but our Lord orders us (not suggest) to PRAY FOR ESCAPE from ALL. Escape from all, those are Jesus' words not mine (Luke 21:36).
Interestingly this Rosh Hashanah/Feast of Trumpets falls on a sabbath day. Sabbath days are days of rest. What will happen when we are caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord? We will REST from our trials and tribulations in this world. We will no longer be encumbered by these bodies of death but we will be clothed with life.

Will the Lord come back sometime tonight or tomorrow or Sunday? I guess we'll find out. The Lord has lavished this particular feast "with rapture/escape from all" words and symbols. As I write to you today, the ongoing troubles in the world are at a steady drone as they have been over the past year. Same troubles, different day. In other words, business as usual. Its a time like this weekend that would really catch people off guard. The hordes of hell are not marching around visibly on earth (yet), there's no WW3 in the middle east (yet), the stock market has stabilised (temporarily) with many in the media predicting that the worst is over and good times are just ahead. It's a time like today, or this weekend that our Lord could come back, pull us out of this world and begin the time of Jacob's trouble.

I'm not predicting anything. The Lord has not whispered anything in my ear about this weekend. I haven't had any dream or vision about this. What I do have is the bible which contains neon flashing arrows pointing to this particular feast each year for fulfillment in the days ahead, or maybe even today.

These things are written to you today to remember what you have read in the bible. Remember these words:

Matt 24:42“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
45Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Let us be found as faithful and wise servants when our Lord shows up for us whenever that may be. I have read arguments in the past that because calendars were monkeyed with in the past that this weekend isn't actually the time of Rosh Hashanah etc. To that I say "so what?" You are not being reminded to look for a particular "day or hour." You are being reminded to be ready for our master whenever he shows up. You are being reminded that Rosh Hashanah and the Feast of Trumpets are about repentance and judgement. Today is as good a day as any to remind ourselves of these things and later, after the escape from all has occured we can judge whose calendar was correct.

Keep the faith. Repent. Let us judge ourselves before our master has to do it for us. We are dearly loved children. Grace and peace