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The Feast of Trumpets and the Return of Christ
God's plan for humanity, the Jewish feasts, the signs which precede the very close return of Jesus, and the rapture of all those who will be ready.
Henri Viaud-Murat - May 23, 2008.
The Feasts of the Lord
Chapter 23 of the book of Leviticus presents all of the seven holy solemn feasts the people of Israel were to observe according to the ordinance given by God to Moses. Each feast represents a prophetic sign concerning the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus-Christ. These signs apply, consequently, also to the Church, the Body of Christ.
The entire plan of God for humanity is, in an extraordinary manner, revealed by the nature and the exact dates of the seven feasts of the LORD that the Israelites were to observe. The entire destiny of the human race unfolds between the first and the last feast.
God's calendar is based on the phases of the moon. Every Jewish month begins immediately after a new moon.
Here are the feasts and their dates:
- The Passover Feast: the 14th day of the month of Nisan. The first full moon of spring.
- The Feast of Unleavened Bread: the 15th to the 22nd of the month of Nisan.
- The Feast of Firstfruits: the first day of the week following the Sabbath of the Passover in the month of Nissan. It could be 16th of the month, if the 15th was the Sabbath day. Otherwise, it would have to wait until the first day of the week following the first Sabbath day of the Passover.
- The Feast of weeks (or Pentecost): the sixth day of the month of Sivan.
- The Feast of Trumpets: the first day of the month of Tishrei.
- The Day of Atonement: the 10th day of the month of Tishrei.
- The Feast of Tabernacles: the15th day of the month of Tishrei.
The Spring Feasts:
A. Pesach (Feast of the Passover – Leviticus 23: 5). The Jewish religious calendar begins the day of this feast. This day commemorates the sacrifice of the lamb in the land of Egypt, which marked the people of Israel's final deliverance. The blood of the lamb was applied to the doorposts and lintel of the every house, so that the Lord seeing the blood passed over the house and did not let the destroyer enter to strike its inhabitants.
Spiritual significance for the Church: This feast represents the death of the Lord Jesus, which occurred the same day as the Passover. The Lamb of God redeemed us from the slavery of sin, the flesh, the world and the devil. Our "house" (our body) is marked by the blood of the Lamb, that precious blood that redeemed us.
The year in which our Lord died, the day of the Passover (the 14th day of the month of Nisan) would have had to have been a Wednesday, in order for the Lord to have been in the tomb for three days and three nights. The "Good Friday" is then a tradition without biblical or historical foundation.
The Passover also represents our death in Jesus-Christ.
B. Chag HaMotzi (Feast of unleavened bread - Leviticus 23: 6). This feast is observed the morning just after the Passover, the fifteenth day of the month of Nisan, and lasts for seven days from the 15th to the 21st of the month of Nisan. The 15th day of Nisan, in other words, the first day of the feast, was a day of rest. During this feast, the Israelites were to eat bread without yeast. Yeast represents sin. Eating bread without yeast for seven days represents walking in holiness. The entire house also had to be rid of any trace of yeast.
The Israelites crossed the Red Sea on dry land during the Feast of unleavened bread.
Each lump of unleavened bread was marked with stripes (like wounds) and pierced. The Jewish custom was to bury, to hide and to "resurrect" the second of the three lumps of unleavened bread (the middle one, which represents Jesus being put in the tomb).
This represents the burial of Jesus-Christ. His body, pure and without sin was beaten and pierced on the cross. He died because of his love for us. Jesus was the "Bread of Life" which came down from Heaven. He was born in Bethlehem, which in Hebrew means "the house of bread."
Jesus was buried in the evening of his death, in other words, the beginning of the next day the day of the Passover. If the day of the Passover was a Wednesday (the day would have begun the Tuesday evening), the 15th day of the month of Nisan began the Wednesday evening. It was a day of rest like a Sabbath.
This feast also represents our burial in Jesus-Christ.
C. Yom HaBikkurim (Feast of Firstfruits - Leviticus 23: 11) This feast was observed the first day of the week following the Sabbath of the Passover, in other words the first Sabbath following the Passover. On this day the first of the produce of the land were presented to the Lord, to thank him for the fertility he gave to His people.
Jesus rose the first day of the week. He was the "first" of the resurrection and of those who will rise. The Feast of Unleavened bread, having begun Wednesday evening, Thursday was a day of rest (the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread), and Friday was a normal working day. This is probably when the women would have prepared the spices to embalm the body of Jesus. But the next day was an ordinary Sabbath (the first Sabbath after the Passover); they rested, and went to the tomb the morning of the first day of the week. But the first day of the week, (Sunday) had already begun the evening before, on Saturday evening. Jesus was already risen "early the first day of the week," the Sunday morning, when the women came to the tomb. To respect the "three days and three nights" in the tomb, the Lord would have had to have risen the end of the day Saturday, before the night. The gospels say: "Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week" (Mark 16: 9). This does not necessarily mean he rose the morning of the first day of the week. But that could mean he was already raised the first day of the week, when the women came to the tomb.
The feast of first fruits also represents our resurrection in Jesus-Christ.
These first three springtime feasts represent the three steps of our salvation in Jesus-Christ: our death, our burial and our resurrection in Christ. These three steps are also represented in water baptism by immersion: we "dive" into the death of Christ, "are buried" under the water, and "are resurrected" into a new life by coming out of the water. The real baptism of the Christian can only be practiced by a complete immersion, the only way to correctly represent our complete death, burial and resurrection in Jesus-Christ.
C. Shavuot (Feast of Weeks or Pentecost – Leviticus 23: 16). This feast was observed "the day after the seventh Sabbath following the Sabbath of the Feast of Firstfruits", or fifty days later.
It was also when the Jews commemorated the day when the Lord gave the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai.
Notice that when Moses descended from Mount Sinai with the Tablets of the Testimony, "about three thousand men" died because of the people's idolatry (Exodus 32: 28). In contrast, after Peter preached on the day of Pentecost, "about three thousand souls" converted to Christ! (Acts 2: 41)
It is on this day of Pentecost (Feast of Weeks) that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church, marking the beginning of the time of grace that will continue until the return of the Lord.
Two braided breads, baked with yeast, were to be offered during this feast. They represent the Church, composed of Jews and gentiles united in the same Body.
The first four Springtime Feasts are already accomplished in the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus. The three autumn feasts are still to come, in their prophetic accomplishment of Christ and of the Church.
We are therefore, still in the time of the Shavuot, feast of weeks, of Pentecost or of the Holy Spirit.
The Autumn Feasts
Three feasts are celebrated in autumn, in September-October:
E. Yom Teru'ah (The Feast of Trumpets – Leviticus 23: 24).
This feast was to be held the first day of the month of Tishrei, in September. It lasts one day in Israel, and two outside of Israel. The interval of about four months between the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) and the Feast of Trumpets represents the time of the Church. It is a dry period in Israel, but also a time when the harvest ripens.
The last month of the summer is the month of Elul. During this month, the shofar (ram's horn) sounds once every day to prepare the people for the next three autumn feasts.
Finally, on the first day of the month of Tishrei, which marks the beginning of the Feast of Trumpets, the shofar blasts 100 times, to assemble the faithful and call them to the Temple. Everyone must leave the work of the harvest and come to the feast.
This day also marks the first day of the civil Jewish year, or Rosh Hashanah.
In Corinthians 15: 51-53, Paul speaks of the trumpet of God which will waken the dead and mark the day of the rapture of the Church. The Christians will stop the harvest to leave and meet the Lord in the air.
Thus this day symbolizes the resurrection of all who are "dead in Christ," and the "changing in a wink of an eye" of all who are living, the day of the rapture.
According to Jewish tradition, this day will be the Day of Judgement, when the Creator judges all the inhabitants of the earth. This day was also considered as the first day of creation.
Since the first four prophetic steps of the ministry of Jesus correspond to the first four springtime feasts, we can suppose that the last three steps of his prophetic ministry will also be introduced on the very days of the last three autumn feasts.
The rapture of the Church, which is also the day of the resurrections of the dead in Christ, should then happen during one of the next Feast of Trumpets.
Here are the dates of the next five feasts of Trumpets:
2008: Tuesday, September 30 (1 Tishrei 5769)
2009: Saturday, September 19 (Sabbath day) (1 Tishrei 5770)
2010: Thursday, September 9 (1 Tishrei 5771)
2011: Thursday, September 29 (1 Tishrei 5772)
2012: Monday, September 17 (1 Tishrei 5773)
(Note that Jewish days begin the day before, in the evening).
F. Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement – Leviticus 23: 27). This feast was celebrated the 10th day of the month of Tishrei. It is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. This day was preceded by the "terrible days" just after the Feast of Trumpets. These were the days of preparation for the upcoming Yom Kippur, days of self-examination, of repentance, of reconciliation and of getting in order before the Lord. The Jews were to "afflict their souls" the day of Yom Kippur. They were not to eat or drink for 24 hours.
It was on the day of Yom Kippur, only once a year, that the High Priest was allowed to enter into the Most Holy place, with the blood of lambs and goats, to make atonement offerings for himself and for the people. It was at this unique annual occasion that the High Priest could also pronounce, in the Holy of Holies, the unpronounceable name of the Lord.
The High Priest began by sacrificing a bull for himself. Afterwards, he sacrificed a goat "for the Lord," then entered into the Most Holy Place to sprinkle blood on the mercy seat. He would then place the sins of the people on another goat, the "scapegoat", which was then let go into the wilderness (Leviticus 16). The scapegoat represents Satan, who will be bound for a thousand years during the Millennium.
Thus this feast symbolizes the reconciliation of the Israelites with God.
This feast will be prophetically accomplished when the Lord Jesus returns to the earth, at the time of the battle of Armageddon. It will be on the day of Yom Kippur, seven years after the Feast of Trumpets in the year of the Rapture. This will be the day when all the Jewish survivors will recognize Jesus-Christ as their Messiah. There will be a general conversion of Israel to Jesus-Christ on this day.
G. Sukkoth (Feast of Tabernacles – Leviticus 23: 34). This feast began the fifteenth day of the month of Tishrei, and lasted seven days. The 22nd day of the month, or the eighth day of the feast, was a holy day set apart as the "last great day of the feast".
In the same way that the Passover inaugurated the springtime feasts, and was followed by the seven days of the feast of unleavened bread, the last of the feasts of the Lord included seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles, followed by an eighth distinct day, "the last big day of the feast." This great final day marked the final consummation of the feast of the Lord and of religious cycles.
The feast of Tabernacles celebrates the fact that God provided for his people while they crossed the Red Sea after leaving Egypt.
This feast will have its full prophetic accomplishment when the Lord comes with His Church to "tabernacle" or live in the middle of his people, after His return to the earth, to begin His one thousand-year reign. His great tabernacle will be situated in Jerusalem for the feast of Tabernacles (Zech. 14: 16 -17).
This Feast of Tabernacles, seven years after the beginning of the Tribulation, will mark the official inauguration of the Millennium.
The "last great day of the feast" the eighth day, represents what will happen at the end of the Millennium, at the time of the last Judgement, the "Great White Throne" which will precede the new creation, the new heavens and the new earth on which the New Jerusalem will come down. Death will be no more. This earth's history will end and eternity with the Lord will begin.
We can see that the cycle of the seven feasts of the Lord given to the Jewish people has a great prophetic significance for the Church of the Lord Jesus, and for the whole world.
This does not mean that the Church of the new covenant is obligated to return to observing these feasts. Christians who desire to celebrate them may do so freely, as a remembrance, but it does not mean that they are legally bound to do so as under the Law of Moses.
It does, however, have to do with the church understanding the spiritual sense and to observe them in a spiritual manner. Each feast reveals one of the essential aspects of the character of God, and foreshadows a capital aspect in the life and ministry of the Messiah, Jesus-Christ our Lord.
The main lesson to learn from these feasts is that we must always be ready, constantly, to serve and celebrate the Lord and to love Him with all of our heart, all of our mind, all of our soul and all of our strength.
It doesn't mean that we should watch from afar the arrival of the next Feast of Trumpets in order to prepare ourselves at the last minute! We will certainly not have the time. It means to lead our lives in a manner that gives glory to the Lord at all times, as if every day of our lives would be the day of the Rapture.
Every day must be a great day of celebration for the Lord! So, when the last trumpet sounds, we will fully benefit from the grace of God to go meet Him. Amen!
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We can once again summarize the essential of the preceding article.
The Feasts of the Lord occur in a series of seven: four in the springtime and three in the autumn.
The four springtime feasts corresponded, to the exact day, to a precise event in the life of the Lord and of the Church:
- Jesus-Christ rose from the dead on the day of the Jewish Passover.
- He was buried the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
- He rose on the very day of the Feasts of First fruits.
- The Holy Spirit descended on the Church on the day of the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost).
We can reasonably think that the three autumn feasts will also correspond to capital events in the life of the Lord and of His Church.
Here are the events that will probably correspond to these autumn feasts:
- The rapture of the Church should happen during one of the coming Feasts of Trumpets, marking the beginning of the Great Tribulation.
- The return of the Lord on the earth should happen on the day of the Feast of Yom Kippur, the seventh year following the rapture; because it is at that moment that all of the Jews who escaped the Great Tribulation will convert to the true Messiah.
- The beginning of the Millennium should be proclaimed the day of the Feast of Tabernacles which follows the previous feast, that of Yom Kippur.
Since we are close to the next Feast of Trumpets, which should mark the Rapture of the Church, it would seem important to develop a study of this feast.
The feast of the Trumpets and the Rapture.
We will develop two themes:
- The deep significance of the Feast of Trumpets in Judaism, and how it applies to the rapture of the Church.
- The heavenly signs announced by the Lord, immediately before His return on the earth, and their application to our time, in light of recent discoveries.
A. The deep significance of the Feast of Trumpets in Judaism and how it applies to the rapture of the Church.
The Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) is the first of the three great feasts of autumn, in the Jewish religious calendar.
As the four springtime feasts corresponded to the first time Jesus came, the three autumn feasts ought to correspond to the Second Coming of the Lord.
These two series of feasts are separated by a long period of four to five months, a period that corresponds to the time of the Church. It is a time of harvest ripening and it is also a time a great dryness in Israel.
The Feast of Trumpets is the only one to be celebrated on a day of the new moon. It must be celebrated for two days, which form one "long day". It is known as the feast "that we know neither the day nor the hour".
As soon as the first quarter of the moon was observed by two witnesses entrusted with this mission, they sounded the trumpet 100 times: 11 series of nine brief blasts followed by one long powerful blast, that of the "last trumpet." This is the "last trumpet" that the apostle Paul spoke about in 1 Corinthians 15: 51-53. It does not have to do with the last of the seven trumpets in Revelations, which Paul would not have known about at the time he wrote to the Corinthians.
This precise order in the trumpet blasts, brief and long, also indicated to the Hebrew people in the dessert that they needed to prepare to break camp, to go to a new resting place.
What is the significance of the Feast of Trumpets to the Jewish? There are many.
The sound of the trumpet, or rather of the shofar (ram's horn), is first of all designated to remind the Jews that the God of Israel is a merciful God, but also a God of judgement. The sound of the trumpet is a call to repentance, at the same time reminding God of His mercy to those who repent.
It is also an announcement of judgement for those who refuse to repent. The greatest divine judgement will be seen from this day on. It is the announcement of the resurrection and the rapture of the righteous and the judgement of the unjust during the Tribulation.
The ram's horn calls to mind divine mercy, when Abraham made his sacrifice and was able to replace his son Isaac on the altar with a ram provided by the Lord.
In Judaism, the Feast of the Trumpets evokes even more:
- Traditionally, the day of the Feast of Trumpets commemorates the creation of Adam on the sixth day of creation just before the divine Sabbath rest. For us, it represents the blessed day when our bodies will be resurrected or changed in a twinkling of an eye, before the rapture of the Church, which precedes the seven days of the wedding of the Lamb in Heaven, before the great Sabbath of the earth which represents the Millennium.
- This day also marks the first day of the Jewish civil year, or Rosh Hashanah.
- The day of the Feast of Trumpets is also the birthday of Noah. Noah is a figure of the rapture of the Church (Genesis 7:6 and 8:13). It is also the day when he took off the cover of the ark, when the earth was dry.
- This day also announces the day of divine judgement and that of the resurrection of the dead (Jeremiah 30:6-7). It has to do with the great Day of the Lord. It announces the "tribulation of Jacob," that will happen during the Great Tribulation, when the Antichrist will persecute and kill the Jews who refuse to adore him as God. But Jacob will be delivered by the Messiah, in the end of this tribulation, at the moment of His glorious return to the earth.
- The day of the Feast of Trumpets is the assembling of God's elect (Numbers 29:1-6). The shofar was always used to assemble the people, and especially to assemble the troops, or to "lift the camp." (See 1 Thessalonians 4:16 "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.").
- On the day of Yom Teruah, the "books will be open in the heavens." For ten days, up until the Feast of Yom Kippur, each person is called to examine himself before the Lord, and repent, and get his life in order, before the great day of Yom Kippur, day of Israel's redemption. Because it's on the day of Yom Kippur that the books are closed and the divine sentence is pronounced.
The Lord always warns sinners before pronouncing His judgements. Those who repent escape His judgement.
Remember, the day of Yom Kippur is the day of the return of the Lord on the earth with His Church. All of the Jews who escaped the Great Tribulation will recognize "Him who was pierced," and will convert to Jesus their Messiah (Romans 11:12).
It is interesting to see that in the Jewish tradition, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai for the second time with the Tablets of the Law, it was on the day of Yom Kippur. And it is on this same feast of Yom Kippur that Jesus should come for the second time on the earth. Later, when they assembled together and consecrated the Tabernacle, it was the first day of the first month (Exodus 40:1). It is this first day of the first month (month of Nisan) that marks the beginning of the religious year.
Ezekiel received the vision of the Temple of the Millennium the day of Yom Kippur, the tenth day of the first month (Ezekiel 40:1).
On the other hand, when Solomon consecrated the Temple of Jerusalem, it was the day of the Feasts of Tabernacles, a figure of the Millennium (2 Chronicles 5:3).
- The trumpets are also sounded to announce the day of the Messiah's wedding (Joel 2:15-16). It is on this day that the risen Church will be united forever with her Lord, when He comes to take her from this earth and meet Him in the air, to lead her to the wedding of the Lamb.
Let's look at how Jewish weddings took place
- The wedding was arranged and approved by the parents, in particular by the father.
- The fiancé would come to the home of his future fiancée with three things: a large sum money, a preliminary marriage contract, and wine.
- A price would be fixed to "acquire" the bride. This price had to be paid by the fiancé.
- The fiancée had to give her consentment.
- As soon as an agreement was reached, wine was poured into a cup, to seal the alliance. The engagement was established. The engaged couple were then legally bound as husband and wife, but were not yet permitted to live together.
- A written document was established, the ketubah, which fixed the bridal price, the promises made by the fiancé, and the rights of the fiancée.
- The fiancé would then give gifts to his fiancée.
- The fiancée would have to take a ritual bath by immersion, or "mikveh", symbolizing the abandonment of her past life and her passage into a new life.
- The fiancé would then return to his father's house, to prepare a place for his fiancée. This place was called the "chamber".
- On her side, the fiancée prepared her future life of wife and mother, and the return of her fiancé.
- Only the father of the fiancé knew the date of this return, because he had to be completely satisfied with his son's preparations for his fiancée.
- The return of the fiancé was generally at night, at the sound of the trumpet. He would take his fiancée in his "chamber", where their union would be consummated for seven days. Then a great feast would take place with the invited guests.
It is easy to see the wonderful symbols found in the relationship between Christ and His Spouse!
- The sounding of the trumpets also announced the crowning of the Messiah, the King of Israel (Psalms 47 and 98:6-9). The Lord is crowned as King of Israel and of the world. His Sovereignty is thus confirmed.
It is interesting to notice that the kings of Israel and of Judah were generally crowned on the day of the Feasts of Trumpets. It was when they were proclaimed kings that they publicly rose up to sit on the throne and received the anointing of royal oil and they were acclaimed by all their subjects, come to render homage and allegiance.
What will be the spiritual state of the Church at the time of the Rapture?
At the time of the Rapture, the faithful church will be ready! She will be found watching and praying. She will not be surprised as by a thief in the night. It's only the dead church that will be surprised.
Here is what Paul says to the Thessalonians :
"But, concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We are neither of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, (Thessalonians 5: 1-9).
In the text: "the times and the seasons", Paul makes reference to the times and the seasons of the solemn convocations of the Lord, the holy Feasts of the Lord.
Paul clearly says that the Christians who live like children of the day and of the light will not be surprised by this day! It will be the Christians of the dead Church who will be surprised, as Jesus said in Revelations, to the Church of Sardis:
"And to the angel of the church in Sardis write. 'These things say He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars. "I know your works, and that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember, therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you." (Revelations 3:1-3)
The church at Sardis is dead, and if she does not repent, she will not know at what time the Lord will come.
In the Jewish tradition, the high priest and the captain of the Temple guards were also nick named the "thieves in the night". The priests assigned to constantly watch over the holy fire and over the chandelier were to never sleep during their service. If the high priest or the captain of the guards, during a surprise visit, found a priest sleeping, they would set his clothes on fire. The guilty one would have to leave his burning clothes and run ashamed, "so that the shame of his nakedness may not be revealed" (Revelations 3:18).
In consequence, the living church will know when the Lord will come, even if she knows neither the day nor the hour! She won't be surprised because she is always watching.
The Lord said, "But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and the cares of this life and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man" (Luke 21:34-36).
Abraham is a type of the Faithful Church and Lot is a type of the Unfaithful Church.
In Matthew 24 Jesus says:
"Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom the master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. But if that evil servant says in his heart, 'My master is delaying his coming,' and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is no aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 24:45-51)
Neither the good nor the bad servant knew the exact hour of the return of the master. But the good servant faithfully continued to accomplish his task. This is what the faithful church will continue to do till the end.
B. The heavenly signs announced by the Lord that immediately precede His coming, and their application for our day in light of recent discoveries.
If it is true that the Lord will take his Church during one of the next Feasts of Trumpets, does the Bible give more precisions on the eminence of this event?
The Messianic Pastor Mark Blitz, of the "El Shaddai Ministries," in the state of Washington (USA), recently made some very interesting discoveries.
First his attention was drawn by the words of the Lord Jesus:
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven and the powers of the heavens will be shaken."
This is confirmed by the Prophet Joel:
"The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord." (Joel 2:31)
After the days of the great tribulation and before the return of the Lord on the earth, it seems that characteristic heavenly phenomenon will occur.
Pastor Blitz was convinced that it had to do with solar and lunar eclipses.
It is often said that the "moon changes to blood" at the moment of a total eclipse because it takes on a characteristic red tint.
In studying the official NASA site, he made a pretty extraordinary discovery:
In 2014, there will be two total lunar eclipses which fall on the Feasts of the Lord. The first one will occur on the day of the Jewish Passover (Nisan14), and the second on the day of the Feasts of Tabernacles (Tishrei 15).
The same phenomenon will reoccur in the year 2015: two total lunar eclipses, the first one on the day of the Passover and the second one on the day of the Feast of Tabernacles. When four consecutive lunar eclipses occur like this on two consecutive years, it is called a "tetrad".
Tetrads which fall on the Feasts of the Lord are extremely rare: one or two per century maximum, several centuries can go by without any tetrad. Since the year 1 AC, there have only been seven such tetrads, including two in the 20th century. After 2014-2015, there will be no more such tetrads in the 21st century.
Pastor Biltz also noticed that during the 20th century, there were two tetrads which fell on the Feasts of the Lord. Each time, it was in relation with an important event concerning the nation of Israel or the Jewish people. The first tetrad occurred in 1949-1950, just after the independence of the state of Israel, and the second in 1967-1968, at the moment when the Jews conquered Jerusalem.
There were no tetrads in the 17th, 18th and 19th century. There were several during the 16th century, but none corresponded with the Jewish feasts.
There was only one tetrad which fell on the Feasts of the Lord in the 15th century, in 1493-1494, one year after the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, and the discovery of America, in 1492.
But that is not all!
Pastor Biltz also noticed that there will be two solar eclipses in 2015: the first, a total eclipse, will happen during the first day of the month of Nisan, in other words the day of the Jewish religious new year, and the second, a partial eclipse, the first day of the month of Tishrei, or the day of the Civil Jewish new year.
All of that in the year 2015! Is it possible that this is pure coincidence?
No, it is not possible that a whole series of cumulated "coincidences" is the product of shear chance.
The scheme is as follows:
- Nisan 15, 5774 (April 15, 2014): Total lunar eclipse, Passover.
- Tishrei 14, 5775 (Oct. 8, 2014): Total lunar eclipse, Feast of Tabernacles.
- Adar 29, 5775 (March 20, 2015): Total solar eclipse, just before the religious New Year.
- Nisan 15, 5775 (April 4, 2015): Total lunar eclipse, Passover.
- Elul 29, 5775 (Sept.13, 2015): Partial solar eclipse, just before the civil New Year.
- Tishrei 15, 5776 (Sept. 28, 2015): Total lunar eclipse, Feast of Tabernacles.
2015: A very special year.
It is also important to note that the year 2015 is the last sabbatical year in a 49-year cycle. This sabbatical year comes just before the year of Jubilee, which is announced every fifty years. The year of Jubilee is to be proclaimed the day of Yom Kippur, 2015.
The year 2015 is therefore particularly marked by all these heavenly signs. Could it be the year of the return of the Lord on the earth, to begin his 1000-year reign? It could be a very serious possibility. If it were the case, the Rapture would take place seven years earlier, during the Feast of Trumpets 2008 (provided you are premillenarist!)
The year 2008 is also a Sabbatical year.
The great Tribulation would last for seven years, between the end of September 2008 and the end of September 2015.
In addition to that, the three consecutive years 2008, 2009 and 2010 are marked by another rare phenomenon: There will be three partial solar eclipses each year at the same time, the first day of the month of Av: Aug. 1, 2008, July 22, 2009, and July 11, 2010.
Now we need to understand that the month of Av is a month that is very dark for Israel. It was the 9th of Av that the first and the second temples were destroyed. It is also on this date that Israel evacuated the band of Gaza.
These solar eclipses placed on these dates announce terrible events for the world and for Israel.
As Jewish tradition holds, solar eclipses announce bad news for the nations, and lunar eclipses bad news for Israel.
In this hypothesis, the 70th week of Daniel could correspond to the seven years from 2008 to 2015, starting from the Feast of Trumpets 2008.
The return of the Lord to the earth would take place the day of Yom Kippur 2015, and the Millennium, the day of the Feast of Tabernacles 2015.
Another interesting sign is in the following calculation:
Jerusalem was conquered by the Jews on June 7, 1967. If we count from that precise date, seven times seven Jewish years of 360 days, it would be 49 years or 17640 days, we arrive exactly at September 23, 2015, or the day of Yom Kippur 2015, which would be the probable day of the return of the Lord on the earth to reign for one thousand years! Is it another coincidence?
Remember that the tenth day of the first month (Yom Kippur) the people crossed the Jordan led by Joshua, and the ark entered into the promised land (Joshua 4:19).
This is also an image of the return of the Lord on the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4).
This reminds us of the words of Jesus: "Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place." (Matthew 24:34).
He could be talking about the generation of those who saw the retaking of Jerusalem by the Jews.
Continuing with this hypothesis, in the following months (from the end of May to the end of September 2008) we should see an increase in certain phenomena announced for the end of time:
- Climatic cataclysms and seismic activities (a major earth quake in California?)
- Famines and economic crisis.
- Wars (probable war in Iran?)
Among other things, during his recent visit to the Middle East, President Bush declared that he would do every thing he could to have a peace treaty signed in the Middle East before the end of his term, and for an independent state to be granted to the Palestinians.
Recently, Israeli and Syrians began peace negotiations via Turkey. "For when they say 'peace and safety!' then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape." (1 Thessalonians 5:3).
What to do with Matthew 24:36?
Jesus said, "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only." (Matthew 24:36)
This does not have to do with fixing a day or an hour, but it has to do with observing the signs! Let no one accuse us of affirming that the Rapture will happen with certainty at a precise day or hour. But we are simply indicating a serious possibility that it could happen at a certain period, given the signs that have been announced.
When we take this verse in Matthew in its strictest literal sense, it simply means that we will neither know the day nor the hour of the return of the Lord. Even if we know, for instance, that Jesus will come at the time of the Feast of Trumpets 2008, we know neither the day nor the hour, because this feast lasts for two days and that the choice of the day and the hour belongs to the Father.
The choice of hours has always been important for the Lord! Jesus was attached to the cross at the third hour of the day (9 o'clock in the morning), at the same time that the lamb was attached to the horns of the altar, for the first sacrifice of the day. He died the ninth hour (three o'clock in the afternoon), the same hour of the last sacrifice of the day. In the same way, the Holy Spirit came down on the disciples the third hour of the day, 9 o'clock in the morning.
All the same, without knowing the day nor the hour, we can know the moment or the period, from the signs that are given in the Bible.
It is, therefore, not possible to prophesy the return of the Lord on a fixed day or hour, because this is information that the Father wanted to keep for Himself. But he did not leave us ignorant concerning the period of the return of Jesus.
This indicates that we can and even must observe the signs and the times and the moments, like Paul said to the Thessalonians. If the Lord decided to intervene in the history of men during the preceding Feasts of the Lord, that indicates a considerable importance in observing the times.
That is part of the faithful Church's role, to carefully observe the times and warn the world and the Church of the importance of certain events, especially when they were prophesied in the Bible.
It is what we are trying to do in this article.
Having this information should not in any way take away our motivation or make us passive, waiting for the inevitable return of the Lord. But, on the contrary, it should stimulate us to redeem the time, and lift up our heads, because our deliverance is near!
The time is very short! Let's double our efforts to warn those around us. We need be ready and watch constantly, no matter what moment the Lord may return! Let's live and act constantly as if return of the Lord will be in the coming days and weeks, knowing that it may come later! This way we will never be surprised, even if we must wait longer for His return!
References, for the dates of the Feasts of the Lord and the eclipses:
http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEcat/LEdecade2011.html (official NASA site) lunar eclipse.
http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEcat/SEdecade2011.html (official NASA site) solar eclipse.
http://www.elshaddaiministries.us/stipulation.html (Pastor Mark Biltz's web site)