Apocalypse Now or Apocalypse Later

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

—Matthew 24:21, KJV

According to many, the great Tribulation commences on September 23, 2017. This date corresponds to a heavenly constellation that, they say, is the Great Wonder of Revelation 12:1 revealed to St John in exile on Patmos two thousand years ago:

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

The purported Revelation 12:1 Sign, declaring the mid-point of Daniel’s 70th Week and start of Tribulation, falls on September 23, 2017.

Of course there are those who doubt the constellation, said to be a one-in-7000 year event, represents the sign of Revelation 12:1; among whom are some credible exponents of biblical discourse.

Although I may not qualify as a credible exponent of biblical discourse, I am not one of the doubters in this case. My opinion agrees that the Tribulation officially started at sundown September 23, 2017, Jerusalem time. That means that the next 42 months (3.5 years), to use the colloquialism, may seem like “hell on earth”.

Of course the degree of tumult and calamity may vary from individual to individual, community to community, region to region, nation to nation, depending upon many factors that I am not privy to. Repelling of Satan’s wrath may account for most of the 1260 days, after which those sealed by the Almighty, through Jesus, should evade most of the tail-end of the period’s hostilities – the Wrath of God as alluded to in verses 12 to 17, chapter 6, of the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. This book is John’s insight into heaven afforded him by an angel. The “he” that John witnesses opening the seal is none other than Messiah:

12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Zephaniah (1:15) prophesied it in this wise:

That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

St. Peter (2 Peter 3:10) describes it in the following manner:

The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise.

Jude (3:16-19) took time to describe perhaps who might suffer the wrath of God:

16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.

17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

Those in the Lord are not like that, according to St. Paul (Eph 5:14-18, KJV):

14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Look Up. Your redemption draws nigh.


Image from: Revelation 12:1 Sign Will Appear In 2017! – YouTube

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A Day of Shouting: Yom Teruah 2016

Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the Lord, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law.

The seventh (month of Tishri) New Moon has been sighted in Jerusalem, Israel.

10 Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the Lord your God.

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Blowing of the trumpet on the New Moon [Image: Holman Bible]

23 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 24 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. 25 Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.

The following can be garnered at the Renewed Moon site:

For Israel-based observers, the 7th new moon was sighted on Sunday evening, October 2nd in the area of Meron Mountains by David Katsikas and confirmed in Kiryat Ata by Yoel Halevi.

This would mark the arrival of the Fall Feasts — Teruah, Kippur, Sukkot:

  • Day of Trumpets/Yom Teruah* (Day 1 of Month 7): October 2nd
  • Day of Atonement/Yom Kippur* (Day 10 of Month 7): October 11th
  • First Day of Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot* (Day 15 of Month 7): October 16th
  • Last Day of Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot (Day 21 of Month 7): October 22nd
  • Last Great Day/Shemini Atzeret* (Day 22 of Month 7): October 23rd

Is Yom Teruah a day of celebration or a call to arms? Perhaps it’s both.

Further:

Last Drinks at the ‘Last Chance’ Hotel

The Day of Shouting or Blowing of the Trumpet

Yom Teru’ah has been misappropriated as head of the year (Rosh Hashanah, or New Years’ Day), a remnant of pagan influence on rabbinical Judaism courtesy of Babylonian exile.

The ‘Last Trump’ of New Testament eschatology refers to the last of a traditional 100-blasts of the trumpet blown on this day of Yom Teru’ah. [The less-commonly held belief that the ‘Last Trump’ is a reference to the seventh and final Trumpet of the Apocalypse seems less credible.]

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. —1 Cor 15:52

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: — 1 Thes 4:16

Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. —Ephesians 5:14

These verses suggest a link to the unanimously misunderstood ‘rapture’ of the church. Yes, the rapture is a real event. But it represents a spiritual transmigration (most likely at a point of psychological extremis), rather than a fleshly teleportation that so many Christians—incredulously—anticipate. It is a metaphysical, not a physical, event.

As we close out a seventh Shmittah (7 x 7 = 49) and approach the Jubilee (50th year), there is a not unreasonable chance that the Tribulation will begin tomorrow (Sunday 13th) evening (Yom Teru’ah).

Finally, we do well to recall that Yom Teruah is the only moadim (appointment) with YHWH that falls on the first of the month (Rosh Chodesh). As such, its timing based on the siting of the first sliver of the new moon. This was historically—and rather pragmatically—celebrated on both the first and second days (known colloquially by the Hebraism ‘One Long Day’) of the seventh month. A technicality that gave Yom Teruah the pseudonym “The Day That No-One Knows“, yet another Hebraism that Yahuwshuwa did allude to (Matthew 24:36-37) and a source of much angst for the self-confessed, but not born-again, Christian.

A watchman knows.

“Last Drinks!”

Feast of trumpets I, Alexander Gierymski (1884) [As uploaded by User:BurgererSF, Wikimedia Commons]



Yom Teruah

The Day of Shouting heralds a 10-day period of repentance, leading to the Day of Atonement. Karaite Jews cut it back to its bare-bones Torah form, while the image below represents a Christian interpretation in the context of all seven Feasts of the Lord.

AND YE SHALL PROCLAIM ON THE SELFSAME DAY, THAT IT MAY BE AN HOLY CONVOCATION UNTO YOU

The Lord’s Feasts are His appointed times (moyadim). Some argue that Christians, being of a different dispensation or covenant, don’t need to meet these obligations. Perhaps that is so. But it is a brave person that concludes that these feasts have no prophetic significance in God’s timeline.

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In this light, let us reconsider the as yet unfulfilled Fall Feasts, with their respective 2014 dates:

REPENTANCE
September 25-26: Tishri 1 – Feast of TRUMPETS (Yom Teru’ah)
Awakening to Judgement (Rosh Hashanah). And so begins a 10-day period (cf. Days of Awe) of prayer, self-examination, and repentance. Here’s a thought: could this feast be considered the “Feast that No one Knows the Day or the Hour“?

REDEMPTION
October 4: Tishri 10 – Feast of ATONEMENT (Yom Kippur)
The Holiest Day of the year and provides prophetic insight regarding the second coming of Massiach, the restoration of the nation of Israel, and the final judgement of the world. What year will He return? Some say He already has.

REJOICING
October 9-15: Tishri 15-22 – Feast of TABERNACLES (Sukkot)
A seven-day celebration coinciding with the end of the four-species harvest (Festival of Ingathering) and representing the time of restored fellowship with the Lord.

Pastor Bob at Five Doves has written a nice piece about Yom Teruah.

The 2014 Day of Repentance is fast approaching. What will the sound of its trumps bring? Safer than sorry means best to pray that you are found worthy: Hold onto your sombrero, and keep your feet on the ground.