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From Unsealed —13 Oktober?

AANGELEVERD DOOR: IT’S ME

Shemini Atzeret

 
Looking for the Blessed Hope

I’m continually hearing “no man knows the day or hour” at the expense of context and other verses that say quite literally the exact opposite (1 Thess. 5:4Heb. 10:25Rev. 3:3).  In the Olivet Discourse itself Jesus says it is the wicked servants who when the time comes will not know the day or hour (Matt. 24:50Lk. 12:45-46).  The mind-numbing repetition of these words by scoffers is a startling admission of disregard for the whole counsel of God’s Word.  It even shows theological ignorance when some argue that Jesus still doesn’t know.  Of course He does.  He is God.  When Jesus spoke those words He was stating an unequivocal truth about the present reality then.  In the incarnation Jesus had “emptied Himself” of the full privileges and abilities of divinity (Phil. 2:6-8), but after His resurrection and ascension He resumed it all (Jn. 17:5Eph. 4:10Phil. 2:9Rev. 1:822:13).  Of course He now knows the day and hour, which is why He delivered the rest of withheld prophetic knowledge to His servant John (Rev. 1:1) who in turn delivered it to us.  When you say my Jesus still doesn’t know you mock and belittle my God.

Jesus also sternly warned the Church to know the hour (Rev. 3:3).  Over 1/4th of the Bible is prophecy, most of which pertains to Jesus’ second advent.  Dozens and dozens of signs are given to us by the Spirit of God so that we will know.  There is no excuse for walking in ignorance and sitting in the seat of scoffers.  It is unbecoming of those who claim a relationship with the Messiah.

Regarding date-setting I just want to say this: I am looking for the Blessed Hope and I will not stop looking until I find it.  I’ve been looking for 16 years.  I’ve thought many dates in the past were “it” and clearly I was wrong, but that won’t dissuade me and it shouldn’t dissuade you either.  There is a major difference between honest, collaborative, and speculative research that even presents itself as such, and the false prophet prognosticators who claim to have special prophetic insight and a word from the LORD when they don’t have either.

God wants us to know (Matt. 24:48-51Lk. 12:35-401 Thess. 5:4Heb. 10:25Rev. 1:13:3) and to seek Him (Deut. 4:29Prov. 25:2Jer. 29:13Matt. 7:7).  The scoffers are full of arrogance and puffed up with pride, never approaching Scripture with a sense of awe or humility or respect for the authority of other Believers.  They are always so overly confident in what they think they know.  When I look back at what I’ve shared over the past few years it was always accompanied with “I don’t know for sure”, “I could be wrong”, “this is speculation”, “I’m not a prophet”, “I used to think this, but I think differently now”, etc.  Even our viral Revelation 12 Sign videos with collectively over seven million views end with “No one knows with certainty the day or hour”.  Before September 21-23 came and went I had already made clear in these videos as well as on The Sign page that we were not counting down to the day of the rapture.  This was always just a sign of the nearness of the rapture and we made that abundantly clear in many ways – not just after the fact as some claim.  Of course we had hope that Yom Teruah might be the day, and a little bit of hope that Yom Kippur could have been the day, but this was always presented as such – speculative hope.  Yet mockers and scoffers will mock and scoff, twisting words, falsely accusing, and using nothing but straw-men, because that’s all they can do.  Satan rules their hearts.

So is there a contradiction here?  Am I saying we can know, but yet we can’t?  Let me be clear: I believe that when the day truly comes there will be those watching who will know.  The key subtlety I’m trying to push is certainty.  I don’t think any Christian will know the day or hour with certainty until the day or hour actually comes.  Everything leading up to the day is speculation, but eventually some speculation will closely accord with Scripture and thus some Believers will have a pretty good idea of what’s about to happen and when.  The humble, longing, and watchful will not be caught by surprise, but the ignorant will (1 Thess. 5:3-4).

A division and sifting is presently underway in Christendom, if not already complete, between those who say they have faith and those who really do have faith.  Salvation comes through faith alone, but there is a difference between professing faith and actually possessing faith.  Faith is in the heart, not just the head.  Those who truly have faith are not going to be continually lying, beating, and falsely accusing their brothers.  Even angels restrain themselves from scoffing at their enemies (Jd. 1:9).

But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards.  The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of.  He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

According to Matthew 24:48-51Luke 12:45-461 Thessalonians 5:3-5:4, and Revelation 3:3 the message is quite clear: the watchful will know, but the wicked and ignorant will be caught by surprise when Jesus comes to them like a thief in the night.

No one who mocks and scoffs will get away with it forever.  No one.

A final thought about date-setting: we should never set a date as a “thus saith the LORD”.  We could be wrong.  We’re looking, hoping, and speculating because we truly believe Jesus’ appearing is imminent.  That being said, I think Christians who refuse to watch and study Bible prophecy because they don’t want to get peoples’ hopes up and then have them “fall away” are making a mistake.  The truly faithful are faithful to the end.  Those who have the root of faith, who are indwelt with the Holy Spirit, will not fall away (Jn. 5:246:37-3910:28-2917:9-12Rm. 4:56:238:38-39Eph. 1:134:30Phil. 1:6Heb. 7:2510:141 Pt. 1:4-5).  If they get distracted or burned out it is only for a season.  There is simply no acceptable excuse not to watch, research, and long for the Lord’s coming.

 
A Likely Day

My focus has now turned to Shemini Atzeret (“Eighth Assembly”), October 13th – the very last day of the very last festival (Lev. 23:36Num. 29:35-38), which would make this quite literally the last trump of the moedim.  According to Numbers 10:7-10, trumpets would be blown at least twice on this day.  The first to gather God’s people to a special assembly unlike any other (moed assumblies are called miqra, but this assembly is also called atzeret).  And the second as an accompaniment to an offering made by fire.  I’ve been pouring through commentaries and there seems to be a pretty good consensus that Psalm 81:3b refers to the Feast of Tabernacles, which is significant because it specifies that a shophar would also be blown around this time.  Consider the significance of this festival:

1. It’s the very last day of the very last festival.  This makes it undeniably “the last trump”, at least in relation to the moedim.  Some argue that it is really its own moed.

2. It is to the Fall festivals what Pentecost is to the Spring festivals – the closing assembly.

3. The major significance of this day is that the people of God are gathered together in a special sacred assembly unlike any other.  This gathering is made when the trumpet is blown (Num. 10:7) and thus it is the very last gathering by trumpet made in the biblical year.  This comports with the Church being resurrected and raptured at the sound of a trumpet (1 Thess. 4:16-171 Cor. 15:52) and then being gathered together before God’s throne (Rev. 4:1-212:5).

4. Every biblical number study I’ve seen is in agreement that eight represents both resurrection and a new beginning.  Jesus rose on the eighth day.  There were eight in the ark.  A male child is circumcised on the eighth day.  This “eighth-day assembly” is thus the perfect timing for a resurrection and gathering and for the putting off of the flesh (spiritual circumcision) in accordance with 1 Corinthians 15:51-53.  From the final blood moon on September 28, 2015 (a supermoon visible over Jerusalem) to October 13, 2017 is 746 days.  Strong’s 746 is “beginning”.

5. The first seven days of Tabernacles involve dwelling in temporary shelters, just as Believers are dwelling in these temporary, fleshly bodies.  On the prophetic eighth day we are taken to our permanent home in permanent, spiritual bodies.

6. Shemini Atzeret involves an offering made by fire.  On Pentecost the disciples of Christ were designated when fire descended upon them (see Acts 2).  Could that be a picture of the sacrifice designated to be offered to God on some future Shemini Atzeret?  Again, keep in mind the fact that this day is the close of the Fall festivals just as Pentecost is the close of the Spring festivals – they both represent the close of dispensations and the beginning of new ones.

7. The traditional, most widely agreed upon day for Christ’s physical return is the Day of Atonement.  In 2024 that falls on October 13th, exactly seven solar years to the day from Shemini Atzeret 2017.  The two dates are separated by 2,557 days.  The Tribulation is 1,260 + 1,290 days, or 2,550 days.  This typology fits well with Genesis 7 and Noah and his family entering the ark seven days before the Flood came.  Might the Tribulation begin on October 20th?  Maybe, maybe not, but I’m paying attention.

8. The root word for atzeret is atsar, which means “to restrain” (Strong’s 6113).  Could this unique and special assembly have something to do with God gathering together His restraining force, which is the Holy Spirit-indwelt Church?  Could this gathering be connected to the removal of the Restrainer mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2:36-7?

 
The Surprising Connection to the Revelation 12 Sign

While I was researching Shemini Atzeret I made a startling discovery: I had noticed the significance of October 13, 2017 way back in January in my viral Revelation 12 Sign Compendium article as a possible watch date.  The reason being that it was the exact day Jupiter truly leaves Virgo.  September 9th and 23rd were subjective in that regard.

9:00 PM in Israel on October 13, 2017

Unbeknownst to me at the time, October 13th just happens to be Shemini Atzeret with all the possible rapture connections mentioned above.

Now it gets even more interesting.  Many researchers (myself included) thought the conception of the male child was portrayed on November 20, 2016 when Jupiter crossed the boundary between Spica and Porrima, but a number of others noted that December 23, 2016 was a better date, which was just a few days after Jupiter crossed the boundary between Spica and Theta Virginis and “implanted” in Virgo’s belly.  December 23, 2016 was also the date of the historic anti-Israel resolution 2334 that was approved by the United Nations Security Council, which demanded that God’s land be divided.  Exactly 42 weeks to the day from December 23, 2016 is October 13, 2017 – Shemini Atzeret and the day Jupiter leaves Virgo.  Could this be the actual date of the birth of the male child and Revelation 12:5?  38 to 42 weeks is considered a perfect/normal pregnancy.

Keep in mind that the Great Sign of Revelation 12:1-2 is of a woman in labor, not the birth of the male child.  The birth doesn’t occur until verse 5.  These dates, like the rest of this research, are speculative, but consider:

Conception: 12/23/16

Woman in labor (The Great Sign): 9/23/17 – 9/24/17

Birth of the male child: 10/13/17

According to Micah 5:3 the dispensational change between the Church Age and the Tribulation doesn’t occur until the woman gives birth (the corporate male child), thus September 23rd didn’t mark the change in dispensation – it only marked the nearness to the ultimate event: the rapture of the Church.

 
Concluding Thoughts

As the unstable are apt to cause confusion, add words, and twist what Believers say, I think I should go ahead and nip this in the bud: our hope should never be in a date, but in Jesus Christ.  We are longing for the day when we will be with Him forever (1 Thess. 4:17-18), which is a longing that fewer and fewer “Christians” seem to share.  I see some good, perhaps even compelling reasons to be especially watchful this week and next and especially on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of next week, but dates can come and go.  We will keep watching with vigilance no matter what because the time is at hand (Rev. 1:322:10).  We are just half a year away from the 70th anniversary of the rebirth of Israel.  People are already buying into a precursor to the mark of the beast hook, line, and sinker, and now we see the beginning stages of the fulfillment of Revelation 13:15.  When you start seeing minute details coming into fruition that are fulfilled during the Tribulation, how much closer are we to the Tribulation’s start and possibly the rapture?

Keep watching, studying, and praying my friends.  Jesus is on the way.  Don’t be shaken and hold fast.

Maranatha!


SPREUK VAN DE DAG

About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the Prophecies, and insist upon their literal interpretation, in the midst of much clamor and opposition.

Isaac Newton


LOOKING FOR THE BLESSED HOPE

Aangeleverd door: It’s Me

Shemini Atzeret

 
Looking for the Blessed Hope
I’m continually hearing “no man knows the day or hour” at the expense of context and other verses that say quite literally the exact opposite (1 Thess. 5:4Heb. 10:25Rev. 3:3).  In the Olivet Discourse itself Jesus says it is the wicked servants who when the time comes will not know the day or hour (Matt. 24:50Lk. 12:45-46).  The mind-numbing repetition of these words by scoffers is a startling admission of disregard for the whole counsel of God’s Word.  It even shows theological ignorance when some argue that Jesus still doesn’t know.  Of course He does.  He is God.  When Jesus spoke those words He was stating an unequivocal truth about the present reality then.  In the incarnation Jesus had “emptied Himself” of the full privileges and abilities of divinity (Phil. 2:6-8), but after His resurrection and ascension He resumed it all (Jn. 17:5Eph. 4:10Phil. 2:9Rev. 1:822:13).  Of course He now knows the day and hour, which is why He delivered the rest of withheld prophetic knowledge to His servant John (Rev. 1:1) who in turn delivered it to us.  When you say my Jesus still doesn’t know you mock and belittle my God.

Jesus also sternly warned the Church to know the hour (Rev. 3:3).  Over 1/4th of the Bible is prophecy, most of which pertains to Jesus’ second advent.  Dozens and dozens of signs are given to us by the Spirit of God so that we will know.  There is no excuse for walking in ignorance and sitting in the seat of scoffers.  It is unbecoming of those who claim a relationship with the Messiah.

Regarding date-setting I just want to say this: I am looking for the Blessed Hope and I will not stop looking until I find it.  I’ve been looking for 16 years.  I’ve thought many dates in the past were “it” and clearly I was wrong, but that won’t dissuade me and it shouldn’t dissuade you either.  There is a major difference between honest, collaborative, and speculative research that even presents itself as such, and the false prophet prognosticators who claim to have special prophetic insight and a word from the LORD when they don’t have either.

God wants us to know (Matt. 24:48-51Lk. 12:35-401 Thess. 5:4Heb. 10:25Rev. 1:13:3) and to seek Him (Deut. 4:29Prov. 25:2Jer. 29:13Matt. 7:7).  The scoffers are full of arrogance and puffed up with pride, never approaching Scripture with a sense of awe or humility or respect for the authority of other Believers.  They are always so overly confident in what they think they know.  When I look back at what I’ve shared over the past few years it was always accompanied with “I don’t know for sure”, “I could be wrong”, “this is speculation”, “I’m not a prophet”, “I used to think this, but I think differently now”, etc.  Even our viral Revelation 12 Sign videos with collectively over seven million views end with “No one knows with certainty the day or hour”.  Before September 21-23 came and went I had already made clear in these videos as well as on The Sign page that we were not counting down to the day of the rapture.  This was always just a sign of the nearness of the rapture and we made that abundantly clear in many ways – not just after the fact as some claim.  Of course we had hope that Yom Teruah might be the day, and a little bit of hope that Yom Kippur could have been the day, but this was always presented as such – speculative hope.  Yet mockers and scoffers will mock and scoff, twisting words, falsely accusing, and using nothing but straw-men, because that’s all they can do.  Satan rules their hearts.

So is there a contradiction here?  Am I saying we can know, but yet we can’t?  Let me be clear: I believe that when the day truly comes there will be those watching who will know.  The key subtlety I’m trying to push is certainty.  I don’t think any Christian will know the day or hour with certainty until the day or hour actually comes.  Everything leading up to the day is speculation, but eventually some speculation will closely accord with Scripture and thus some Believers will have a pretty good idea of what’s about to happen and when.  The humble, longing, and watchful will not be caught by surprise, but the ignorant will (1 Thess. 5:3-4).

A division and sifting is presently underway in Christendom, if not already complete, between those who say they have faith and those who really do have faith.  Salvation comes through faith alone, but there is a difference between professing faith and actually possessing faith.  Faith is in the heart, not just the head.  Those who truly have faith are not going to be continually lying, beating, and falsely accusing their brothers.  Even angels restrain themselves from scoffing at their enemies (Jd. 1:9).

But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards.  The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of.  He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

According to Matthew 24:48-51Luke 12:45-461 Thessalonians 5:3-5:4, and Revelation 3:3 the message is quite clear: the watchful will know, but the wicked and ignorant will be caught by surprise when Jesus comes to them like a thief in the night.
No one who mocks and scoffs will get away with it forever.  No one.

A final thought about date-setting: we should never set a date as a “thus saith the LORD”.  We could be wrong.  We’re looking, hoping, and speculating because we truly believe Jesus’ appearing is imminent.  That being said, I think Christians who refuse to watch and study Bible prophecy because they don’t want to get peoples’ hopes up and then have them “fall away” are making a mistake.  The truly faithful are faithful to the end.  Those who have the root of faith, who are indwelt with the Holy Spirit, will not fall away (Jn. 5:246:37-3910:28-2917:9-12Rm. 4:56:238:38-39Eph. 1:134:30Phil. 1:6Heb. 7:2510:141 Pt. 1:4-5).  If they get distracted or burned out it is only for a season.  There is simply no acceptable excuse not to watch, research, and long for the Lord’s coming.

 
A Likely Day
My focus has now turned to Shemini Atzeret (“Eighth Assembly”), October 13th – the very last day of the very last festival (Lev. 23:36Num. 29:35-38), which would make this quite literally the last trump of the moedim.  According to Numbers 10:7-10, trumpets would be blown at least twice on this day.  The first to gather God’s people to a special assembly unlike any other (moed assumblies are called miqra, but this assembly is also called atzeret).  And the second as an accompaniment to an offering made by fire.  I’ve been pouring through commentaries and there seems to be a pretty good consensus that Psalm 81:3b refers to the Feast of Tabernacles, which is significant because it specifies that a shophar would also be blown around this time.  Consider the significance of this festival:

1. It’s the very last day of the very last festival.  This makes it undeniably “the last trump”, at least in relation to the moedim.  Some argue that it is really its own moed.

2. It is to the Fall festivals what Pentecost is to the Spring festivals – the closing assembly.

3. The major significance of this day is that the people of God are gathered together in a special sacred assembly unlike any other.  This gathering is made when the trumpet is blown (Num. 10:7) and thus it is the very last gathering by trumpet made in the biblical year.  This comports with the Church being resurrected and raptured at the sound of a trumpet (1 Thess. 4:16-171 Cor. 15:52) and then being gathered together before God’s throne (Rev. 4:1-212:5).

4. Every biblical number study I’ve seen is in agreement that eight represents both resurrection and a new beginning.  Jesus rose on the eighth day.  There were eight in the ark.  A male child is circumcised on the eighth day.  This “eighth-day assembly” is thus the perfect timing for a resurrection and gathering and for the putting off of the flesh (spiritual circumcision) in accordance with 1 Corinthians 15:51-53.  From the final blood moon on September 28, 2015 (a supermoon visible over Jerusalem) to October 13, 2017 is 746 days.  Strong’s 746 is “beginning”.

5. The first seven days of Tabernacles involve dwelling in temporary shelters, just as Believers are dwelling in these temporary, fleshly bodies.  On the prophetic eighth day we are taken to our permanent home in permanent, spiritual bodies.

6. Shemini Atzeret involves an offering made by fire.  On Pentecost the disciples of Christ were designated when fire descended upon them (see Acts 2).  Could that be a picture of the sacrifice designated to be offered to God on some future Shemini Atzeret?  Again, keep in mind the fact that this day is the close of the Fall festivals just as Pentecost is the close of the Spring festivals – they both represent the close of dispensations and the beginning of new ones.

7. The traditional, most widely agreed upon day for Christ’s physical return is the Day of Atonement.  In 2024 that falls on October 13th, exactly seven solar years to the day from Shemini Atzeret 2017.  The two dates are separated by 2,557 days.  The Tribulation is 1,260 + 1,290 days, or 2,550 days.  This typology fits well with Genesis 7 and Noah and his family entering the ark seven days before the Flood came.  Might the Tribulation begin on October 20th?  Maybe, maybe not, but I’m paying attention.

8. The root word for atzeret is atsar, which means “to restrain” (Strong’s 6113).  Could this unique and special assembly have something to do with God gathering together His restraining force, which is the Holy Spirit-indwelt Church?  Could this gathering be connected to the removal of the Restrainer mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2:36-7?

 
The Surprising Connection to the Revelation 12 Sign
While I was researching Shemini Atzeret I made a startling discovery: I had noticed the significance of October 13, 2017 way back in January in my viral Revelation 12 Sign Compendium article as a possible watch date.  The reason being that it was the exact day Jupiter truly leaves Virgo.  September 9th and 23rd were subjective in that regard.

9:00 PM in Israel on October 13, 2017

Unbeknownst to me at the time, October 13th just happens to be Shemini Atzeret with all the possible rapture connections mentioned above.

Now it gets even more interesting.  Many researchers (myself included) thought the conception of the male child was portrayed on November 20, 2016 when Jupiter crossed the boundary between Spica and Porrima, but a number of others noted that December 23, 2016 was a better date, which was just a few days after Jupiter crossed the boundary between Spica and Theta Virginis and “implanted” in Virgo’s belly.  December 23, 2016 was also the date of the historic anti-Israel resolution 2334 that was approved by the United Nations Security Council, which demanded that God’s land be divided.  Exactly 42 weeks to the day from December 23, 2016 is October 13, 2017 – Shemini Atzeret and the day Jupiter leaves Virgo.  Could this be the actual date of the birth of the male child and Revelation 12:5?  38 to 42 weeks is considered a perfect/normal pregnancy.

Keep in mind that the Great Sign of Revelation 12:1-2 is of a woman in labor, not the birth of the male child.  The birth doesn’t occur until verse 5.  These dates, like the rest of this research, are speculative, but consider:

Conception: 12/23/16

Woman in labor (The Great Sign): 9/23/17 – 9/24/17

Birth of the male child: 10/13/17

According to Micah 5:3 the dispensational change between the Church Age and the Tribulation doesn’t occur until the woman gives birth (the corporate male child), thus September 23rd didn’t mark the change in dispensation – it only marked the nearness to the ultimate event: the rapture of the Church.

 
Concluding Thoughts

As the unstable are apt to cause confusion, add words, and twist what Believers say, I think I should go ahead and nip this in the bud: our hope should never be in a date, but in Jesus Christ.  We are longing for the day when we will be with Him forever (1 Thess. 4:17-18), which is a longing that fewer and fewer “Christians” seem to share.  I see some good, perhaps even compelling reasons to be especially watchful this week and next and especially on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of next week, but dates can come and go.  We will keep watching with vigilance no matter what because the time is at hand (Rev. 1:322:10).  We are just half a year away from the 70th anniversary of the rebirth of Israel.  People are already buying into a precursor to the mark of the beast hook, line, and sinker, and now we see the beginning stages of the fulfillment of Revelation 13:15.  When you start seeing minute details coming into fruition that are fulfilled during the Tribulation, how much closer are we to the Tribulation’s start and possibly the rapture?

Keep watching, studying, and praying my friends.  Jesus is on the way.  Don’t be shaken and hold fast.

Maranatha!


The Last Day, The Last Trump

Aangeleverd door: Spruitje

The Last Day, The Last Trump | Daniel Matson

In the following article Daniel Matson explains his journey of discovery and sheds some light on why he believes the last day of the feast of Tabernacles could be significant.  I love Daniel and his amazing work and if you haven’t read this yet I encourage you to check it out!

Here is an excerpt:
It is the conclusion being formulated here that the Seven Feasts of the Lord have their fulfillment in the First and Second Comings of the Lord. The first four feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, and Pentecost occurred at the First Coming in rapid succession. Then the final three feasts of Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles will occur at Jesus’ Second Coming to earth in rapid succession. The Feast of Trumpets will be coronation and resurrection day followed by Atonement when Jesus saves Israel to end the Tribulation. Then comes the Feast of Tabernacles when Jesus dwells on earth and rules over it. 
However as we read Leviticus 23, we will notice a separation. The Feast of Tabernacles and living in the booths lasts only seven days. After the seven days there is the mystery add-on of the eighth day. Here there is no temporary dwelling places, but just a sacred assembly called Shemini Atzeret.

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http://watchfortheday.org/8.html Hieronder het gehele artikel The Last Day, The Last TrumpSigns of the End - Orders

October 2, 2017

First of all, I want to express my apologies for the roller coaster ride that has been occurring. This was never my intention and it has been a steep learning curve. It almost seems as if it has been a sifting process to see who would be in it for the long haul and who would turn to mocking or just walk away. We all look through a glass darkly, but what keeps this going is knowing that what has occurred is real and is not repeatable. We are on the cusp. The blood moons, the conjunctions, and the Revelation 12 Sign were real.

The first conclusion was the Rapture would occur on the Last Trump as Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 15:52. This has long been taught to be the final trumpet at the Feast of Trumpets. With themes of resurrection and shouting, it seemed like the fit for the Rapture day, but that is not what happened. Even with multiple timelines to this day, they were not enough to make this the day of the Rapture. Instead, the line up and countdown to this Feast of Trumpets still shows the importance of this season.

Likewise, the Sign of the Woman in Revelation 12 also had exact day counts to it and it was a legitimate sign not to be repeated. Can we even give up on this?

Then came the idea of the Jubilee being observed in the 50th year with the blowing of the shofar on the Day of Atonement. This did not happen either. However, this does not negate the startling fact that Daniel’s 7 week’s have been fulfilled to the very day just before this time.  From the decree to rebuild Jerusalem by the JQDC on Passover 1969 to July 17, 2017, when the Jews for one day did public prayer on the Temple Mount, it was exactly 7 x 7 x 360 days. It is facts like these that we know Messiah is at the door. This is why we must go on further. Let us not forget the commands to watch and that by watching we are able to know (Revelation 3:3). The 40 and 400 days from the solar eclipse and conjunction to the Day of Atonement again highlight the importance of this Fall season of the festivals.

It is the conclusion being formulated here that the Seven Feasts of the Lord have their fulfillment in the First and Second Comings of the Lord. The first four feasts of Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, and Pentecost occurred at the First Coming in rapid succession. Then the final three feasts of Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles will occur at Jesus’ Second Coming to earth in rapid succession. The Feast of Trumpets will be coronation and resurrection day followed by Atonement when Jesus saves Israel to end the Tribulation. Then comes the Feast of Tabernacles when Jesus dwells on earth and rules over it.

However as we read Leviticus 23, we will notice a separation. The Feast of Tabernacles and living in the booths lasts only seven days. After the seven days there is the mystery add-on of the eighth day. Here there is no temporary dwelling places, but just a sacred assembly called Shemini Atzeret.


Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord.  On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it. For seven days you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation, and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. It is a sacred assembly (shemini atzeret), and you shall do no customary work on it.”   – Leviticus 23:33-36‬‬‬‬‬‬‬


According to Numbers 10, this sacred assembly of the eighth day would have trumpets blown on it.


“And when the assembly is to be gathered together, you shall blow, but not sound the advance. The sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow the trumpets; and these shall be to you as an ordinance forever throughout your generations…Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be a memorial for you before your God: I am the Lord your God.””
 –Numbers  10:7-8, 10‬ ‭‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬


The Feast of the Eighth Day (Shemini Atzeret) is a special day and essentially an eighth but part of the seventh. Of the Fall Feasts, it would be the last possible trumpet. Look what Jesus says on this day in John 7. We know earlier that it was the Feast of Tabernacles and that he went secretly without his brothers to observe it. On this day he proclaims the following:


“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”
–John 7:37-39‬ ‭‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬


On the final day of the Feast, on the eighth day, Jesus speaks of the giving of the Holy Spirit to the Church. Why does Jesus speak of the Church on this very day? The special day of the sacred assembly? After all, the Church is the ekklesia, which simply means the called out assembly.  Notice also in the previous chapter in John when the last day is  spoken about. Is the last day here represented by the eighth day like chapter 7?


“This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”   —John 6:39-40, 44, 54‬ ‭‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Does the last trump on the last day then signify the time of the resurrection of the special assembly? The whole idea of the eighth day is a day of new creation. Jesus was raised on the eighth day (the day after the Sabbath). The Feast of Tabernacles is seven days of temporal living places awaiting the eighth day. Like Abraham, we dwell in tents as we long for the promise of eternal life as a new creation.

There are also other aspects of the eighth day in cleansing and circumcision. Circumcision is a picture of the removal of the flesh, which is exactly what happens at the Rapture when we transform into our new incorruptible bodies. We become a new creation presentable to God. (see Genesis 17:14, Leviticus 12:1-3, 14:10-23, Exodus 22:29-31, Luke 2:21-24)

The Feast of Tabernacles is also one entire week just before the Eighth Day in similar fashion as Noah was sealed in the Ark one week before the Flood (Genesis 7).
 
The pieces fit as the final rehearsal or moedim would indeed have the trumpet blown. We have seen the highlighting of Trumpets by various countdowns and we have seen the Day of Atonement highlighted as well showing the importance of what looks to be the whole season of the Fall Feasts. We might want to think of this whole season when we read this from Joel.


“Blow the trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly (atzeret); gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children and nursing babes; Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, and the bride from her dressing room.”    –Joel 2:15-16‬ ‬‬‬


Here we have the sacred assembly again like the Eighth Day. The same Hebrew word is used. Everyone is gathered on that day and then the bridegroom comes…

The hints are all there and line up to the Eighth Day. Now consider these new items that follow…


Gary from Unsealed.org noted that the root of atzeret is atsar. Here is the entry from the Blueletter Bible:

Atsar – to restrain, retain, close up, shut, withhold, refrain, stay, detain. (Qal) i. to restrain, halt, stop ii. to retain. (Niphal) to be restrained, be stayed, be under restraint.

Notice then this famous passage from Paul:

And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7

Could Paul be simply using the language of the Atzeret? The sacred assembly of the Restrainer properly understood as the Church who is the restraint until the departure/Rapture (2 Thessalonians 2:3)? A further article on the departure is here.


The Sign of Revelation 12 and the Male-Child that occurred on September 23, 2017 pointed ahead to the birth of this child and his immediate harpazo to heaven. The other Male-Child (Jesus) who was born over 2,000 years ago also came at this time of Tabernacles. Jesus was born and then on the eighth day he was circumcised. We do not know what specific day he was born on, but to follow the layout of the feast, it would seem that he would have been born on day one to fulfill the whole eight days exactly. Here is some of the evidence that Jesus was born on the Feast of Tabernacles:

And the Word became flesh and dwelt (σκηνoω – tabernacled) among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.  –John 1:14

The Hebrew word for stable is sukkoth. One reason why he needed to be born there to fulfill the feast.

Jerusalem and its surroundings would have been crowded for the Feast of Tabernacles. Check.

The Angel proclaims this: “Fear not. For, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”. (Luke 2:10) Sukkot was known as the “season of our joy”.

There was also the legend of the seven shepherds who visit the sukkoth at the feast and this was called–Ushpizin.

The layout then is that Jesus was likely born on the first day to later be circumcised on the eighth day. Would it not be fitting for the body of Christ to become complete at Tabernacles after nearly 2,000 years to be born and purified on the eighth day as signified by circumcision of the flesh?

With Shemini Atzeret coming on October 12 or 13, this would come exactly seven solar years before the Day of Atonement on October 12 or 13, 2024, depending on the correct calendar. Either way it is seven solar years on the nose.

Another interesting item is that on October 13, 2017, Jupiter crosses the legs of Virgo. Does this also mark the point of delivery?

With the last day and the last trump still before us, there is no better day that represents the sacred assembly of the Church and the completion of the birth of the Body of Christ. A day we become a new creation and leave our temporal dwelling place. The Eighth Day was a mystery and the Church was also a mystery.

Maranatha! And Maranatha!


http://torahfamily.org/the-significance-to-the-end-of-sukkot/
https://youtu.be/qjcqqrdTT0o