Saturday, August 12, 2017

Time Is Up (Part 3 - The Appointed Times)

Part 3

By now, you should be able to see that nothing is by coincidence with God and everything is by intention and purpose. You will learn that to an even greater detail within this blog as it pertains to each of God's appointed times - or "feast days". I think this should have technically been Part 2, as it lays the foundation for prophecy, but I think you should be able to follow along regardless. I also want to preface that this will be a longer blog because its critical I go in depth which each of these feasts to understand how the Old and New Testaments correlate. If you haven't already, please review the previous posts in this series to understand what's been discussed:

  1. Part 1 - Two Perspectives
  2. Part 2 - Birth Pangs


THE COINCIDENTAL TIMES?


Question: 
What do all of the dates below have in common?
  • August 15, 1096
  • July 18, 1290
  • July 22, 1306
  • July 31, 1492
  • August 1, 1914
  • August 2, 1941
  • July 23, 1915
Without a knowledge of history and just from looking at these on the Gregorian calendar, we at least see the months of July and August as common factors.  Aside from that, no pattern can be determined. What if I told you there was actually a Biblical pattern to each of these on the Jewish calendar as they pertained to God's appointed times?


  • August 15, 1096 (9th of Av) 
    • The First Crusade officially commenced on August 15, 1096, killing 10,000 Jews in its first month and destroying Jewish communities in France and the Rhineland. (Jewish year 4856)
  • July 18, 1290 (9th of Av)
    • The Jews were expelled from England on July 18, 1290 (Jewish year 5050)
  • July 22, 1306 (9th of Av)
    • The Jews were expelled from France on July 22, 1306 (Jewish year 5066)
  • July 31, 1492 (9th of Av)
    • The Jews were expelled from Spain on July 31, 1492 (Jewish year 5252)
  • August 1, 1914 (9th of Av)
    • Germany entered World War I on August 1–2, 1914, which caused massive upheaval in European Jewry and whose aftermath led to the Holocaust (Jewish year 5674)
  • August 2, 1941 (9th of Av)
    • SS commander Heinrich Himmler formally received approval from the Nazi Party for "The Final Solution." As a result, the Holocaust began during which almost one third of the world's Jewish population perished. (Jewish year 5701)
  • July 23, 1915 (9th of Av)
    • Began the mass deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto, en route to Treblinka (Jewish year 5702)
In addition to the above, both the first (587 BC) and second (70 AD) temples were destroyed on this day, 655 years apart.  In 2005 and on the 9th of Av, the Jewish people were expelled from the Gaza strip (NY Times article). Coincidence?...

This particular date (9th of Av) and examples are especially critical to the Jewish people because it originated when the twelve spies, sent by Moses to observe the land of Canaan, returned from their mission. (Numbers 13) Only two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, brought a positive report, while the others spoke disparagingly about the land. The majority report caused the Children of Israel to cry, panic, and despair of ever entering the "Promised Land". For this, they were punished by God that their generation would not enter the land. Because of the Israelite's lack of faith, God decreed that for all generations, this date would become a day of crying and misfortune for their descendants.  Historical evidence proves God's decree over the Jewish people and even more importantly, God's pattern.


INTRODUCTION TO THE FEASTS



I mentioned in the two previous blogs that God has 7 appointed feasts that are His appointed times. The example I used above (9th of Av) isn't within these 7 feasts but it help illustrates God's pattern, as they surround these 7 feasts.  Leviticus 23:1-2 says "And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.
  1. Passover
  2. Unleavened Bread
  3. First Fruits
  4. Pentecost
  5. Trumpets
  6. Day of Atonement 
  7. Tabernacles
Now we cant look at the word "feast" and think of food because that's not what this means.

Holy "Convocations" mentioned above means an assembly of persons called together to a meeting; the act or process of calling an assembly of persons to a meeting (definition).  Another term that may be used for convocations are "dress rehearsals". God is saying these feast days are to be days of people gathering to a meeting or assembly.

The word "feasts" in Hebrew means "moed", which means appointed time, place, or meeting; A fixed time or season; specifically, a festival. (definition). 


***THIS IS IMPORTANT***


I want to put emphasis on "a fixed time or season". The word "season" also translates in Hebrew to an appointed time, place, or meeting. We saw in Genesis 1:14 that the sun, moon, and stars were created for "signs and for seasons".  The Hebrew translation for both "feasts" and "seasons" above specifically clarifies those as appointed times, specifically a festival. 

Now we know that celestial signs (as their intended purpose for signs) are to mark the Feasts of the Lord. The celestial objects can be used for other things (such as warnings) but they are mainly to mark God's appointed times.



PATTERNS AND TYPOLOGY


There can be no more coincidence. God lays out His purpose in creating the celestial things (for signs) and then lays out that these are to be for seasons (appointed times). That shows God is a God of purpose, He does have a calendar He goes by (the Jewish one), and from history, He is a God of pattern.

Typology: a doctrine of theological types; especially : one holding that things in Christian belief are prefigured or symbolized by things in the Old Testament  

St. Augustine said, "The New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed; the Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed."


Pattern Examples:

  • 40 (the number of testing)
    • Old Testament:
      • Israel wandered the wilderness for 40 years after the exodus (Joshua 5:6) - started on PASSOVER.  The manna that fell from heaven stopped on FIRST FRUITS (Joshua 5:10-12)
      • Moses fasting for 40 days on the mountain with God, bringing down the 10 Commandments (Exodus 34:27-28) - happened on PENTECOST
      • Noah's flood lasted 40 days (Genesis 7:3) - finished on THE FEAST OF FIRST FRUITS (Genesis 8:4)
      • Moses sent spies into the Promised Land for 40 days (Numbers 14:34)
      • Elijah went 40 days without food or water on the mountain (1 Kings 19:8)
      • King Saul (Acts 13:2), King David (2 Samuel 5:4), and King Solomon (1 Kings 11:42), all reigned 40 years over Israel and all crowned on PENTECOST (Jewish tradition
    • New Testament:
      • Jesus fasted 40 days in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-2) - happened on PENTECOST
      • Jesus was lashed 40 times before being crucified (Deuteronomy 25:3) - happened on PASSOVER
      • Jesus appeared for 40 days after His resurrection (Acts 1:3) - happened on PENTECOST

...and the list goes on and with countless other number patterns (3, 10, 50, 70, 100, etc).  As you can see, nearly all of these have ties to God's appointed feast days while all having a numeric pattern. They are clearly significant events within the Bible that God is marking directly with His appointed feast days so we need to know and pay attention to them.

If you are interested in all the numerology patterns of the Bible, I highly recommend Pastor Perry Stone's book "Deciphering End-Time Prophetic Codes". It not only goes into great depth about the numerical patterns but also as they pertain to current world events and recent history. (Amazon link).


Typology Examples:


  • Water
    • Old Testament: Moses struck the rock in the wilderness, gushing out water which provided more than enough for all of the Israelite's (Exodus 17:6).  The below picture is the rock from Horeb near Mt. Sinai that Moses struck. (article)
    • New Testament: Jesus said that He was the water of eternal life and all who drink will never thirst (John 4:14)
      • Typology: The waters burst from the inner parts of the rock that Moses struck and it compares to Jesus, whom said the water He gives will cause a bubbling well inside of them.  Water is often represented as the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 44:3) and as we know in the world, life can't exist without water just as eternal life can't exist without Christ.
  • Rock
    • Old Testament: Moses struck the rock (once) in the wilderness, providing more than enough water for all of the Israelite's (Exodus 17:6
    • New Testament: It's said that not only is Jesus the spiritual drink (water) we saw above, He is also the rock (1 Corinthians 10:4)
      • Typology: Christ is the rock, the cornerstone, the foundation that was built upon a rock (Ephesians 2:20). Moses struck the rock once as it compares to Jesus being struck with death once.  From there, living water (salvation) was poured out. Moses was later punished by God and not allowed into the Promise Land because after striking the first rock, he struck it again instead of speaking to it like God commanded.  So Jesus died once and there was no need to strike (death) the rock again.  (Numbers 20:8)
  • Bread
    • Old Testament: Moses asked God for food in the wilderness and God provided manna from heaven for all the Israelite's. (Exodus 16:4). See the image below for what it would have looked like.
    • New Testament: Jesus said He is the Bread of Life (John 6:32-33)
      • Typology: The Israelite's never went hungry because God provided manna every single morning that fell from heaven.  Jesus confirmed that through Him, we will never go hungry as He is the Bread of Life. - bread that was broken (on the cross) hence why we give thanks when we break bread (eat a meal) in remembrance of Him and His gift of salvation.
  • Leaven
    • Old Testament: Regarding the Passover, God instructed Moses and the Israelite's that they were not to eat any leaven within their bread.  Anyone who eats something with leaven will be cut off from the congregation of Israel. (Exodus 12:19-20)
    • New Testament: Jesus warned His disciples and said to watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducee's.
      • Typology: leaven (yeast) is described in the Bible as sin. We know that a little yeast can cause the dough to rise, or a drop of oil can contaminate an entire water supply, so can "sin" within your life.  (I Corinthians 5:6-8) Since Jesus lived a sinless life, He was without leaven and fulfilled The Feast of Unleavened Bread directly following Passover. (discussed more below in another section)
  • Lamb
    • Old Testament: On Passover, the Jewish people put lamb's blood over the door posts to prevent the angel of death killing their first born. (Exodus 12:22)
    • New Testament: On Passover, Jesus was beaten, scourged, and crucified.
      • TypologyJesus was the sacrificial lamb, whose blood was shed on the cross to cover our sins for those who believe in Him. (1 Corinthians 5:7)

I could go on with more examples (animals, colors, metals, etc) but hopefully you get the point. Jesus taught in parables and majority of those times, those examples related to Him or prophetic events to come if we study the Old Testament and see it revealed within the New Testament.


DETAILING THE FEASTS

(SPRING FEASTS)

As we discuss each of these feasts, you will see how the events of the Old Testament correlate (typology) to Jesus within the New testament. They are grouped into two categories: The Spring Feasts (which Jesus fulfilled at His first coming) and The Fall Feasts (which Jesus will fulfill at His second coming).

1. PASSOVER (14th of Nisan) :

History: 
We know from the story of Moses and Pharaoh where Pharaoh refused to let the Jewish people go, therefor causing natural disasters, plagues, and eventual death upon the Egyptian's first born. (Exodus 5).  The first Passover was the 10th and final judgment God had against Pharaoh and his people to kill all of the first born children of the land.  This judgment could have included the Jewish people if they did not do exactly what Moses commanded, which was to slaughter a lamb and spread its blood across the doorposts of their home. 

God instructed the angel of death to "pass over" all of the homes that had the lamb's blood over the door post.  The people were instructed to stay within the home until the angel of the Lord passed, while eating the seder meal (definition).  Now fast forward 1300 years later, Jesus speaks to His disciples by saying He will be crucified on Passover. (Matthew 26:2).  We also know that there are many scriptures that confirm Jesus is the "Lamb of God". (John 1:29Revelation 12:11Revelation 7:14) So in both testaments, the blood of the Lamb delivers from slavery - the Jew from Egypt, the Christian from sin.  This is also the only Feast of God where He calls it "His 


2. UNLEAVENED BREAD (15th of Nisan):

History: 
Directly following Passover and on the next day (Leviticus 23:6), The Feast of Unleavened Bread is eaten over a 7 day period and symbolizes a holy walk, as with the Lord.  Matzah bread meaning "flat, unleavened bread" was eaten to symbolize redemption and freedom but also considered  "poor man's bread". Thus it serves as a reminder to be humble, and to not forget what life was like in servitude. Eating the "bread of affliction" is both a lesson in humility and an act that enhances the appreciation of freedom. (Wikipedia)

Leaven (or yeast) in the Bible symbolized sin and evil and as you can see from the image, Matzah bread is made flat and without yeast. Since Jesus was sinless, He had no leaven in His body and His body becomes the Bread of Life.  Matzah is symbolic of Jesus being striped, pierced, and without leaven. Even more interesting (and clearly God-intended) is that Bethlehem (Luke 2:1-20), the town Jesus was born in, means "House of Bread" in Hebrew.


3. FIRST FRUITS (17th of Nisan):

History:
On the day following the Sabbath, the Israelite's were to bring their early crops of spring planting and "wave the sheaf" of their first fruits before the Lord and to the priest. (Leviticus 23:10-11)


On the Gregorian calendar, we all know this feast day as Easter - the day when Jesus rose from the grave.  Being the first one to be permanently risen from the grave, Jesus is the "First Fruits" of those who had fallen asleep according to Paul. (1 Corinthians 15:20).  We see as a precursor to the events leading up to the second coming, Jesus rose from the grave first and others directly followed in Matthew 27:52-53: "and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many."



4. PENTECOST (6th of Sivan):

History:
50 days following the Feast of First Fruits comes Pentecost (Leviticus 23:15), "pente" meaning 5. It was here that God gave Moses the 10 commandments on Mt. Sinai as they were revealed to the Israelite's. (Exodus 20).


Within the New Testament and 50 days after Jesus rose from the grave, we see around 120 followers, including Jesus' 12 disciples, within the upper room receiving the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:1-6).  Jesus had previously promised His disciples that He would pray to the Father to give them the Holy Spirit in John 14:15-17.  It was from this moment that His disciples were ready to be His witness and proclaim the gospel. (Acts 1:4-8)


Jesus fulfilled all 4 of these feasts with his first coming and in chronological order which is important to note.  Jesus couldn't be raised from the dead until He was buried; He couldn't have been buried until He died; He couldn't have died until He was crucified, etc.  This is big when looking at the last 3 feasts that have yet to be fulfilled.  We can't be absolutely dogmatic that these 3 feasts will be fulfilled in chronological order, but based on the previous patterns, its a very strong assumption knowing God is a God of pattern.


DETAILING THE FEASTS

(FALL FEASTS)

These last 3 feasts, especially the Feast of Trumpets, are really where our generation puts most emphasis since they have yet to be fulfilled and as all the signs are converging at an alarming pace. There has been so much talk about the rapture over the last several years specifically, that I feel that feast needs it own blog.


I've decided the next part of the blog series will strictly be on the Feast of Trumpets, in which I believe the Bible, Jewish custom, and Jewish idioms clearly detail the rapture of the true bride. I will go into extensive detail on that particular feast, showing you the Jewish idioms (or "sayings" of their day), their historical significance, and how Old and New Testament scripture supports both.  I will also address some of the common questions or concerns that people may have with this belief and hopefully present a very strong case for it.


5. THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS (1st of Tishri):

History:
For this current blog part, i'm only going to quickly overview the Old and New Testament significance and expound later. 



The Book of Jubilees (Book) attributes the observance of the Feast of Trumpets to at least as far back as Abraham's time and the offering of Isaac on Mt. Moriah (Genesis 22) is said to have taken place on Yom Teruah. Yom Teruah became a memorial of Adam's repentance and Yahweh's merciful forgiveness of him and Abraham's perfect sacrifice in faith of the Redeemer to come, wherein His people have a holy convocation in expectation of the promised redemption through the Lamb of God whereby He shall redeem the whole creation back to Himself.



We also see on this day that Joshua and the Israelite's defeat the city of Jericho in Joshua 6:20. On this feast day and as the Israelite's surrounded the city, the priests blew the trumpets (shofars) and everyone made a great shout, that then crumbled the wall of Jericho. In the next part, I go into depth about how this feast ties into the day of the rapture and why the above highlighted confirms it. 


The purpose of blowing the shofar (trumpet), is to alert and call one to repentance for past sins before Yom Kippur. This feast has several names, and some that raise eyebrows as they pertain to the rapture belief (which I will go in depth with in the next blog part).  The different names of the feast are as follows:

  • The Day That No Man Knows the Day or Hour
  • The Hidden Day (Yom Hakeseh)
  • The Day of Judgment
  • The Time of Jacob's Trouble
  • The Wedding of the Messiah (Ha Kiddushin / Nesuin)
  • The Day of the Awakening Blast
  • The Day of Blowing the Trumpets


6. THE FEAST OF ATONEMENT (10th of Tishri):

History:
The most holy day of the year for Jewish people, Yom Kippor (The Day of Atonement) provided prophetic insight regarding the Second Coming of the Messiah, the restoration of national Israel, and the final judgment of the world. (Article).  In the Old Testament, this day was the only day that a high priest was able to enter the "Holy of Holies" (Hebrews 9:3) and call upon Yahweh to offer blood sacrifices for the sins of the people.


As custom, a goat was let loose in the wilderness on Yom Kippur after the high priest symbolically laid the sins of the people on its head.  This is where we get the term "scapegoat" (Dictionary).  We see in the New Testament that Jesus took upon Himself the sins of the world on the cross as the world's scapegoat. 


7. THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES (15th of Tishri):

The seventh and final feast is called Sukkot (or Feast of Tabernacles).  This feast is usually observed from the 15th to the 22nd of Tishri. (Article)


The sukkah (a small, hastily built hut in which means are eaten throughout the festival) is used to remember the huts Israel lived in during their 40 year sojourn in the desert after the exodus from Egypt.  The Jewish people were commanded to rejoice during this holiday for the blessing of God's provision and care for their lives. (Deuteronomy 16:14-15)



BLOOD MOONS


Pastor Mark Biltz published a book in 2014 called "Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs".  In the book (and in several YouTube teachings), he describes the pattern he found regarding these celestial signs while studying the Hebrew calendar. Remember, Genesis 1:14 said that the sun, moon, and stars would all be used as signs. 


He discovered that each of these blood moons fell on one of God's appointed feast days, and in succession. The first blood moon fell on Passover 2014, followed by a blood moon on Sukkot (or Feast of Tabernacles).  There was a solar eclipse on Rosh Chodashim 2015, followed by three more celestial signs that all fell on precisely on God's appointed feast days.  After further studying this pattern, he realized that this pattern happened in the past, all the way back to 1942 when the Jewish people were kicked out of Spain.  It was then he realized that these blood moon patterns revolved around something major with the Jewish people.


  • 1492 - Jews kicked out of Spain (4 Blood moons on God's feast days)
  • 1948 - Israel became a nation (4 Blood moons on God's feast days)
  • 1968 - Israel regained Jerusalem as their capital. (4 Blood moons on God's feast days)
  • 2014 - Israel went to war with Hamas over the Gaza strip (4 Blood moons on God's feast days)
It's said in Jewish custom that the blood moon is a bad omen for Jewish people / Israel while the solar eclipse is a bad omen for the Gentile.  As you can see from history, usually a war of some sort comes from the celestial signs when falling on God's feast days. I've said it many times already but I will say it again, there can be no coincidence. The preciseness of these signs correlating with God's appointed times is by intelligent design. We saw in part 1 where there are 80 + scriptures about God's purpose, plan, and design.  The God of the Bible is the one, true God!


IN CLOSING


While we aren't required to celebrate these feast days (from the Gentile perspective), Its very important we know of them, their significance, and their patterns. The devil intentionally changed the calendar from Hebrew to Gregorian so we wouldn't correlate God's signs to us. The Feast of Trumpets if the next prophetic feast to be fulfilled and with conjecture about the rapture occurring on that day in any given year, Part 4 of this series will strictly be on that topic.  God is giving us sign after sign.  He spells it out in scripture; He sets the sky with markers; The markers show His appointed times. Now that you are educated, it's time to pay attention and sound the alarm.


...to be continued...

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