The upcoming chapters of this book contain some of the most important information you will ever read and need. This information comes from the Word of God in the form of interpretation you most likely have not encountered before. Because of current day teachings, you may very well be skeptical or even flat out reject what you are about to read, but if you will be patient and maybe even do some research on your own, you could very well see the truth in the material presented. The case made is a strong one, and hopefully, you will see that once again our Lord was correct when He warned us the teachings of the last days would be false regarding the Rapture and Second Coming of Christ. (II Thessalonians 2:1-4)
Therefore it is opened with a plea to the reader to open your mind as well as your heart to the things you are about to read. It is of the utmost importance that you read and comprehend the Feasts of the Lord, The Sign of the Son of Man, The Parable of the Ten Virgins and what our Lord has to say to The Church of Laodicea, the Church of Today.” These next five chapters are crucial to your spiritual well-being, so please make sure you take the time to research and understand them before you cast them off as being written by some heretic. Even though some of the interpretations given are unheard of and not taught in the seminaries and churches of today, sound evidence is provided to confirm their accuracy. Not to be repetitive, but these next five chapters contain many things you have not heard, along with things opposed to what you were taught and believe. Some may have the urge to put the book down or toss it because it does not agree with what your teachers or preachers have told you. Others will disregard what they read because their minds are closed and open to nothing that would cause them to reconsider; responding exactly how our Lord said the church of today would react in His letter to the church of Laodicea, the church of today.
Revelation 3:17 (KJV)
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
So please, take the time to do the research necessary to prove or disprove these upcoming chapters. Many of you probably read your Bible every day, but it is not enough to read, you must pray, study, research, and meditate upon it. It is then that the Holy Spirit will guide you to the truth, just as our Lord said He would. With that said;
To almost everyone in the Christian community “The REAL Appointed Time of Christ’s Return” probably classifies as one of the most heretical statements one could make. It certainly will not sit well with anyone at your church, or help you keep your role as a Sunday school teacher. The only thing it may do for you is to get you mentioned in their prayers. Probably one of the most commonly heard phrases in adult Sunday Schools is “Nobody can know the day or the hour of our Lords return.” It’s no wonder the Christian of today thinks it ridiculous for anyone to say they know the day and hour of our Lords return; but is this idea really that ridiculous?
Is not the Bible crammed full of examples or our Lord telling us what He is going to do and then doing it? Do you honestly believe that our Lord has left us in the dark as to when He will return for us? Did not our Lord tell us in Mark, “But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.” Did not our Lord Jesus Christ tell us just before He went to the cross that when the comforter (Holy Spirit) came, He would show us things to come?
John 16:13 (KJV)
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
What are these things to come? Do you truly believe these things to come He refers to will be insignificant little things to remind us that He knows the end from the beginning? If Jesus Christ is the Word of God, would not these things to come also be about Him? Would not His return for those that love Him be one of the most important things to come?
It has already been demonstrated to you in previous chapters just how misinformed the church of today is in regards to the end times prophecy our Lord has provided us in His Word. Could it be that the teachings on the return of Jesus Christ our Lord could be just as far off?
In each one of these remaining chapters, you will be introduced to teachings that are unfamiliar to you, things you have not heard from the pulpit nor read in Bible commentaries. These new ideas were obtained by going back and researching the original Greek and Hebrew words as well as their customs. By doing this, you should be able to see how they point in a different direction than the current day teachings and modern-day Bible translations. We will show you how modern translations have changed the words to reflect the translator’s beliefs, which are not necessarily consistent with what the Word of God is saying. We will also show you how many have taken the verse; But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only, and made it into a statement carved in stone that can never change. To do this is ridiculous because if what everyone believes this verse to mean never changes, then our Lord will never be coming back! He will never return because if this verse remains true the Father will be the only one that ever knows. If the Father never tells our Savior when to return, Christ will never know when to return. And if and when the Father does tell Him, He has already promised to tell us when it will be through the Holy Spirit.
John 16:15 (KJV)
All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
The first new concept to put before you is this idea that the date of Christ’s Return is an appointed time and not an “it could happen at any moment” event. The word of God is full of appointed times. There are appointed times, and then there are the appointed times of our Lord. The appointed times of our Lord have a special word that sets these times apart from all others. It is a Hebrew word that has no Greek equivalent. The Greeks did not know or worship the God of Abraham, so they had no word for His appointed times, while the Hebrew language does. Because of this, they are almost entirely missed and ignored in the New Testament. So if you don’t know what they are, you will not know they are there, unless you do some real research and digging. Our Lord’s appointed times are of the utmost importance, which is the reason why He reveals them to mankind in the very first chapter of the Bible. But because of our lack of understanding and desire to find the treasure buried in the Word of God, they have been overlooked. Wouldn’t you think if these are indeed the appointed times of our Lord they would be of the utmost significance? Then why are there so few Christians that have any idea what they are? It is because of the lack of knowledge concerning the Old Testament and our lack of knowledge about God’s chosen people that they have remained concealed from us.
When our Lord said, “Take heed; behold, I have foretold you all things,” He meant it, and we must take Him at His word. If He preached to the unsaved in parables, do you really believe He will just come out and tell us everything with no effort required on our part? Does not a father expect more of his children than he would expect from those that are not his? All the information we need is in His Word; we only need to ask and seek it out and stop making simplistic deductions that take us down the wrong road and prevent us from finding even more of the important things He has for us.
The Appointed Time of Christ’s Return is information He included in His Word, but one will not find it in any one prophecy, nor is it found in any way one would expect to find it. Just as our Lord is triune, so is the way he reveals the appointed time of His return. By this we mean He reveals the day and month in one way, while the hour and year He reveals in other ways.
We will not reveal the exact year and hour of His return in this chapter, but we will announce the day and month it will happen. By this, we mean the specific “24 hour day” and what particular month of the year it will happen. This day was known by our Lord even before He created man, and He revealed it to us in His Word more than 3500 years ago. If you are a doubter of this, rest assured this is not just one verse we are talking about, once you understand what this day and month are and how He reveals them, the scriptures will come alive with witnesses in both the Old and New Testament to confirm it. However, even though the revealing of the day and month took place 3500 years ago, it would not have been possible for us to understand the significance of this day and month until after the Holy Spirit was given during the Feast of Pentecost. That’s because the day the Holy Spirit was given acts as a second witness or confirmation as to the significance of these appointed times. (More explanation later.)
God’s Master Plan reveals the day and month of the appointed time of Christ’s return. God’s Master Plan, also known as the “Feasts of the Lord,” is three-phase; but most of Christendom is only familiar with one phase or at most two. These feasts are His appointed times. (That’s part of what the word feast means in Hebrew) It’s through these feasts that we can know these appointed times, meaning what day and month these appointed times will occur, but they do not tell us the hour of our Lords return. That is revealed in the Parable of the Ten Virgins and verified by other scripture. To know the year of His return, one must watch and understand the Bible prophecy that is being fulfilled right before our eyes. Our Lord revealed His return in three different ways, a design in which man has not thought to look, a plan that requires the aid of the Holy Spirit.
Even though our Lord has foretold us these things, people have been misled to believe they cannot know the day of the Rapture. They get misled because all the teachers focus their attention on, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man” and not enough emphasis placed on “no, not the angels of heaven, nor the son, but my Father only.” Thus everyone teaches that no one can know the day and the hour, and they do not listen to but my Father only. It is the Father that has revealed the day of the Rapture, and the exact day of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and the exact day when Christ is victorious over all His foes on Earth and dwelling among His people. God the Father revealed all these things to us through Jesus Christ His Son, but we have been lazy and have filled ourselves with so much milk, that there is no room for the meat.
For this reason, “nobody can know” was taught in our seminaries for hundreds of years, and most have not studied and researched this subject as it should be. One verse has been singled out, and the rest of the New Testament teaching regarding the Rapture of His saints and the return of Jesus Christ have been fashioned around it, even though all the verses proceeding it and the rest of scripture say otherwise. In fact II Thessalonians 2:1-3 tells us that our teaching in the last days regarding the return of Christ will be wrong. This prophecy was right-on because as has been demonstrated to you, the Man of Sin is here but the Christian of today has no idea, isn’t interested, or is looking for someone or something else that will never happen!
Have you ever paid close attention to how our Lord worded the verses that have been used to determine that no one can know the hour and day, or even the year? Do you know that the day and the hour have an entirely different meaning when used prophetically and could mean something altogether different than they say on the surface? Do you know that God amended the “but my Father only” in the book of Revelation? The answer is probably “no I did not,” because this is a classic case of being taught and not questioning. It is a case of reading a few verses and forming an opinion on what they appear to say on the surface, and not digging deeper into the verse and other scripture to find out what else these verses could be actually saying or mean. We will review verses so you may see and understand what our teachers teach regarding Christ’s return is not what the Word of God says.
Now let’s present the evidence that shows how God revealed this Day to us 3500 years ago in the Old Testament, and how it is verified in the New Testament, leaving no doubt as to the time in question. There are many ways and verses in the scriptures that tell us when that day is. This day, along with the other feast days are revealed in the Feasts of the Lord, which are the most important dates in all the Bible, yet the bulk of Christians in the world today have no idea of what we speak.
These Feasts are the main topic of this chapter, but before going any further, there are a few other things you need to consider so that you can put the proper perspective on the verses we will be using in the New Testament. There are context and background that you must consider to aid in your understanding of these Feasts. There is no intent to deceive here; in fact, what you find here should help to make a little more sense out of some verses that didn’t seem to make much sense to you when the teacher or preacher explained them. What are we getting at here?
When we read the Bible, we have a tendency……. no, not just a tendency; we look at what we read through our eyes, through our upbringing and our own experiences. We read Bible verses, and we interpret them as though they were written exclusively to us. Please don’t misunderstand what is meant by this. Yes, God’s word is for everyone, but we that were born Gentiles are not the ones that were of chief concern in the Old or New Testament. When you ask a Christian today, why did Christ come to earth; they will reply “to save us from our sins.” While this is true, it is not the reason Christ gives for coming to earth. They also may respond with Luke 19:10: For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Right again, but what does that which was lost mean?
When the Canaanite woman (100% Gentile) came to Jesus to ask Him to heal her daughter with a vexed spirit, Jesus did not answer a single word to her. The disciples told Him to send her away. It was then Jesus answered and said in Matthew 15:24: “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” The woman then worshiped Him and pleaded, “Lord, help me.” To that, Jesus responded: “ it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.” The woman then replied, “Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Jesus answered; “O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.” So what should you take away from this?
As was shown here, Jesus did not even answer the woman at first. Jews were not supposed to talk to Gentiles. Then He said that He was “not sent but to the lost sheep of Israel.” When you read the New Testament, you must keep in mind, for the most part, it was not the Gentile Gentiles that are the main subject, and you must keep this in mind when reading or studying it. When Paul speaks of Gentiles, he is very often (but not always) referring to Israelite Gentiles. How can we say this?
Remember Israel started as 12 tribes, but after the reign of Solomon, they split into two kingdoms. The ten tribes of the north became the House of Israel and the two tribes of the south, Benjamin and Judah became the House of Judah. Then Israel played the harlot and went chasing after the Gentile gods. God punished them, and they were carried off into the lands of the Assyrian Empire. Judah then followed in Israel’s footsteps, and the Babylonians carried them off to Babylon. After 70 years, most of Judah returned to their land, but the Israelite’s never came back. Instead, they were gradually assimilated into the Gentile populations Because of this the Jews of Judah would not allow them to return, and they referred to them as Gentiles. It was these people that made up a good portion of the audience that Paul was speaking. Why else do you think there were so many of them that were eager to follow after Christ? The Gentiles already had their heavenly gods, and they hated Jews; who by Jewish laws were not supposed to even speak to Gentiles. So why would they turn to a Jewish God?
We know from many Biblical examples that when the pagans knew that the God of Israel performed miracles, there was scarcely a time that anyone left their false gods. However, when Paul preached to these mixed Israelite Gentiles that were rejected by the Jews, they were familiar with the Torah and realized that this Jesus was the Messiah and knew that He was the way, the way that would once again allow them to be part of the fold, so they took it. They already possessed limited knowledge of the things of which Paul spoke, and they were not totally ignorant of them as were the overwhelming majority of the Gentiles.
To further demonstrate this, let’s take a look at Romans 9:24-25 where Paul says, “Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? As he saith also in Hosea, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.” When we go to the book of Hosea, the main subject of the book is the House of Israel, and it’s here we find the verse that Paul is referring to. Hosea 1:10 says “And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.” These verses are not referring to Gentile Gentiles; they are referring to the ten tribes of Israel or the House of Israel which is the reason why Christ came.
Look at what James writes James 1:1; “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.” James book is not written to Gentiles, but to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad.
1 Peter 1:1 “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. Once again, Peter is writing to the strangers that are scattered abroad. These are the Israelite’s (not Jews) that God scattered because of their adultery with false gods.
When you see the following phrases when reading the Bible, they are speaking to the Israelite Gentiles; and not to the Gentile Gentiles. These are phrases God uses when speaking to those ten tribes that never returned from their Assyrian exile.
- They are referred to as “not my people”
- “sons of the living God”
- “those that are far off”
- “lost sheep”
- “those that are scattered abroad” or “scattered”
We could give more examples, but hopefully, this will suffice for now; so please keep in mind the bulk of the people in the early churches were mixed Israelite Gentiles. It is essential to consider this because there are many verses in the New Testament, where the REAL meaning of the verse will be hidden from you unless you know the proper subject and context of the scripture. It will become more apparent when you see more examples as we get further into the remaining chapters.
We are just about ready to proceed in making our case that our Lord has made it possible for you to know the day of the Rapture as well as the Day of the Lord, but there is one more extremely important item you should understand before we can make our case. You need to know what the Bible is referring to when it speaks of “Times and Seasons.” We will make this exhibit one in our case that looking through Gentile eyes can give you the wrong interpretation of scripture.
Was Paul Telling a Whopper?
1 Thessalonians 5:1-2 (KJV)
1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
If you question 50 Christians about what the “times and the seasons” are, it would be highly unlikely you would find anyone that knew, including pastors and elderly people that have been going to church and reading their Bible all their lives. With that being the case, why would Paul write that there was no need to tell us what the “times and the seasons” are? Could it be because most of the congregation Paul was speaking to were the mixed Israelite’s that were quite familiar with what the “times and the seasons” were? You bet they were. What we have here is undeniable proof that the early church was honoring the “times and the seasons” just as our Lord commanded in Leviticus 23; but have you ever heard anyone tell you this? Let us now explain to you what the “times and the seasons” are so that you may better understand why our Lord expects you to know and to be looking and ready for Him on the date of His return. Yes, you read it right, He expects you to know!
God’s Times and Seasons
To find out what the times and the seasons are we must go back to the very first book of the Bible; as far back as the very chapter that begins with “In the beginning.” Having to go back this far further demonstrates how God had this all planned out, right from the very beginning. In fact, He first recorded these times and the seasons in His Word two days before He created man, yet nearly all the Bible translations and commentaries available today have missed them. Our Lord has not hidden from us what He is going to do, yet that is what we teach regarding the most significant events in the life of His church. The fault lies with us because we have not paid attention to His every word; by which we are to live. God is not guilty of not telling us these things; we are the ones that are guilty of not listening. So let’s take a look at what God revealed, even before He created man.
Genesis 1:14 (KJV)
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
In this verse, God said he put the lights in the heavens to divide the day from the night, and they would also be for signs, for seasons, and for days, and years. Notice the order of the purposes of the lights in the heavens stated in this verse. If we were to put them in the order that we thought most important, we would probably say signs, days, seasons, and years, but God didn’t do that. He said the lights in the heavens were for signs and for seasons first, and by so doing, He put them in order of importance to Him and us. Let’s take a look at why this is true.
First, we need to point out that there is one purpose listed here that does not fit in with the others. That is if we were to interpret this verse the way that almost everyone else does. God later states in verse 16, the greater light (Sun) rules the day, and the lesser light (moon and stars) will rule the night. In other words, He is stating that the Sun, Moon, and stars will be used to determine signs, seasons, days and years. The problem is, that is only accurate for three out of four events listed. We can say this because neither the sun, nor the moon, or the stars determine the seasons. It is the tilt of Earth’s axis that determines the seasons. So why did God put the seasons before days and years, and could the word seasons mean something different than what we have been led to believe? Let’s take a look and see what Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary can tell us about this word seasons.
Môʿēd, the Hebrew word for seasons, comes from the Hebrew word “ya’ad,” which is to set a date for a trial or to set a marriage engagement. Please do not overlook the importance of this. Is not that the reason we are all here? To determine if at the end of our physical life we will be attending a wedding or a trial? In both cases, are they not events that require an appointed time?
As you look over the list of meanings for this word in the text box, you can see there is nothing random or could happen at any moment about this word. A season is an appointed time (as beforehand) to convene a meeting for a definite purpose. It is Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary number <4150> and notice that it also refers to a feast. A feast in the Bible and to the Hebrew people is not a celebration involving lots of food like a Gentile would think. A Feast is an appointed meeting time between God and Man. The word mo-ade is used only for God’s appointed times; its use is only for times and gatherings appointed by God. The Jewish people have other appointed times and festivals that were not given by God; for those they use the word, Zeman. Knowing this will provide you with more insight as to the true meanings of many verses in the Bible that speak of appointed times, or times and seasons, In the Bible they are sometimes referred to as just times, or just seasons. Of course, these words can also mean times or seasons in the way we currently use them today, but many times in the New Testament they are used to refer to the Feasts of the Lord which will completely change the way one should interpret these verses. As mentioned previously, these Feasts of the Lord are disguised in the New Testament because there was no word for them in the Greek language. They will have to be determined by your knowing the context of the Scripture you are reading.
Leviticus 23 spells out these Feasts of the Lord. Even though you will not be able to see how they reveal the day and month of the Rapture yet, it will become more apparent to you, the further we get into this discussion. The word môʿēd also refers to an assembly as convened for a definite purpose as appointed beforehand by God. These Feasts of the Lord all refer to God’s appointed meeting times with man.
The Feasts of the Lord
Leviticus 23:4-6 (KJV)
4These are the feasts <4150> of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. <4150> 5 In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’S Passover. 6 And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the LORD: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.
The Hebrew word for convocation means a rehearsal. In other words, theses gatherings were to be rehearsals for actual appointed meeting times between God and Man at the appointed time in the future. Also, these are God’s Feasts and not Jewish or Hebrew Feasts, there is a big difference here that is very important, and one should not take this lightly. When we call them Jewish Feasts it is automatically assumed that these Feasts are for Jews only, and nothing could be further from the truth. This fact is going to make most who read this very uncomfortable; however, when we understand that these are God’s Feasts or Feasts of the Lord, it puts them in a very different light. It will make you uncomfortable if you are not Jewish, but please stick around for the rest of the story. We have just touched the surface.
Notice in the previous verses that the words Feasts and Seasons are given the same number by Strong’s. Also notice that these Feasts are each given a specific day to rehearse them. The Feast of Passover is the 14th day of the first month (Nisan 14), and the Feast of Unleavened Bread is the 15th day of the month. (Nisan 15)
Leviticus 23:10-11 (KJV)
10 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: 11 And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.
Since the Sabbath is our Saturday, the morrow after the Sabbath would be our Sunday. This day will vary from year to year depending on what day Nissan 15 falls on, but it is always the day after the first Sabbath after Nisan 15. Again, it is a specific day, appointed by our Lord.
Leviticus 23:15-16 (KJV)
15 And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: 16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD.
The Feast of Pentecost is always held fifty days after the Feast of Firstfruits; again, a very specific day appointed by our Lord.
Leviticus 23:24 (KJV)
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.
The Feast of Trumpets is in the seventh month on the first day of the month. However, this date is dependent upon when the new moon occurs as we will discuss later. On the Hebrew calendar, it is always Tishri 1.
Leviticus 23:27 (KJV)
Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
The Feast of Atonement is held on the tenth day of the seventh month. (Tishri 10)
Leviticus 23:34 (KJV)
Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD.
The Feast of Tabernacles is the fifteenth day of the seventh month. (Tishri 15) Every single one of these feasts is assigned a specific day, and it has been on that very same day ever since they were given.
Four times in Leviticus chapter 23, God says, “it shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.” They were to celebrate these Feasts of the Lord every year on the appointed dates. By commemorating these dates every year, it helped keep them in good standing with the Lord and helped to keep them on the straight and narrow path.
Our Lord wants the best for His people as can be demonstrated and proved through many discoveries made in the last 100 years. An example of this would be the meats He forbid them to eat, such as pork. We now know that pork is one of the unhealthiest meats we can eat, even though it is one of, if not the most popular meats in the world. Well, the Feasts of the Lord are the most exceptional example of this because as will be explained shortly, these Feasts spell out the pathway of salvation; making them a lot more important than most people realize, and there is still even more to them than this.
When you list these Feasts of the Lord in a chart, the calendar will look like this. You can see that each feast is assigned a specific day even if that day is not assigned a specific number. Remember, these Feasts appear as our Lord gave them during the First Covenant.
The first 4 Feasts are called the Spring Feasts with the middle feast Pentecost sometimes being called the Summer Feast and the remaining three are the Fall Feasts. Our Lord is yet to fulfill the Fall Feasts, and it’s these Feasts that for the most part be the main topic of our conversation throughout the rest of the book.
Remember we said that God’s Feasts are Appointed Times, or meeting times between God and Man. Our Lord does not physically come down from the heavens every year and meet with man. However, he did physically come down and meet with mankind a little over 2000 years ago when Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem. He came here and shed His blood to pay the penalty for our sins.
Do you know the day on which he died? Yes, he died on the Feast of Passover, Nisan 14. He was the Passover, and because of what He did, we can be passed over from death to life. On Nisan 15, The Feast of Unleavened Bread, he was in the grave. On Nisan 17, He rose from the dead. On Nisan 18, The Feast of Firstfruits, He ascended up to heaven and was waved before the Lord. Fifty days later, the Holy Ghost was given, and the Church was born on the Feast of Pentecost.
Note: Because the Jewish day begins in the evening when three stars appear, and the Gentile day starts at midnight, (12 A.M.) there is often a discrepancy when doing time and number of days calculations, as the days do not align.
Did you notice anything unusual that happened in the previous paragraph? Each one of the New Covenant dates fell precisely on the appointed meeting times of the Spring Feasts the Israelite’s were given to celebrate 3500 years ago. They occurred on the exact day that God told the Israelites to celebrate these feasts 1500 years beforehand. (môʿēd, as appointed beforehand) Do you see the pattern here? These Seasons first mentioned in Genesis 1:14 are God’s appointed times to meet with man. He gave these appointed times to the Israelite’s which they rehearse on the appointed time every year, but each feast represents an appointed meeting time between God and man. God’s Feast Days were given shortly after the Israelite’s left Egypt. Even though the Lord gave these feasts during Old Testament times, each one of these Feasts has a New Testament correlation. The chart below shows the Feasts of the Lord on the left as given to the Israelite’s with the corresponding New Testament (Covenant) meeting time given on the right.
If our Lord fulfilled all the Spring Feasts and then fulfilled the Summer Feast fifty days later on the exact days He made the appointments for 1500 years previously, do you really believe he will not do the same for the Fall Feasts? What reason could you possibly have to think otherwise?
These appointed times occurred for the first time when God poured out his wrath upon Egypt to let His people go. That first Feast of Passover was Nisan 14, with the Feast of Unleavened Bread the next day and the Feast of Firstfruits at its appointed time. Of special note is that the Jews celebrate the Feast of Weeks, also known as the Feast of Pentecost, as the day they received the Ten Commandments 3500 years ago. We recognize it as the day our Lord gave the Holy Spirit, and the church was born 2000 years ago. Do you see the connection here? God gave the Law or guide for the first covenant and replaced it on the very same day with our current guide, His Holy Spirit. This gap of fifty days in the New Covenant that matches up perfectly with the Old Covenant is the second witness which proves our Lord is using the very same days He appointed beforehand for both covenants. What more evidence could you possibly need to see that God holds these Feast Days in very high esteem and that He has indeed kept all the appointments on the exact days He scheduled them, even to the point of using the precise days for two different covenants?
There is another important lesson to be gained from this. The fact that our Lord used the very same days for two different covenants should show us the importance of our honoring these specific days. If our Lord set the example of honoring a specific day for a specific purpose in two different covenants, should we not also?
There is one other important Feast of the Lord we overlooked. We overlooked it in this chapter, and Christendom ignored it for hundreds and hundreds of years. You might call it the 8th Feast of the Lord, but it is really the 1st Feast of the Lord, even though it never seems to be included in conversations dealing with the Feasts of the Lord. It is the first one listed in Leviticus 23. Please read it carefully and see if you would agree:
Leviticus 23:1-3 (KJV)
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 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. 3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings.
This Feast of the Lord is a weekly appointment whereas the other feasts are yearly observances. Remember, môʿēd speaks to an assembly, rehearsal, and appointed meeting time of our Lord. The seven Feasts of the Lord we have been discussing are yearly rehearsals for a gathering in which our Lord will meet with us at His appointed time. The Sabbath day is also an appointed meeting time. It is the time our Lord appointed for us to meet with others in praising and commemorating Him for the things He has done every week. Shouldn’t we be doing it on the day He appointed?
Matthew 18:20 (KJV)
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
It is important to remember these are God’s Feasts or Feasts of the Lord and not Jewish Feasts as they are so often are referred to in error. These feasts are the only feasts that use the Hebrew word môʿēd. As was shown earlier, the Jews have other feasts, but they refer to them as zemān, which also speaks of appointed times, but never in reference to the Feasts of the Lord.
(Exhibit 2) There is a verse in the New Testament which confirms that God’s Feasts are Prophetic. You will find it in Colossians chapter 2, but today’s teachers totally misinterpret the verse because they lack the knowledge regarding the Old Testament “Feasts of the Lord.”
Colossians 2:16-17 (KJV)
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Here is even more evidence that the early converts that Paul was speaking to were the mixed Israelite’s. The holy days, new moon, and sabbath days Paul is speaking of here are all alternate names for and are all referring to the Feasts of the Lord. These are the very same Times and Seasons Paul mentions in 1st Thessalonians 5. It should be evident to anyone reading this verse that the early church at Colossae was observing the Holy Days, which is another name for Feasts of the Lord. Unfortunately, this is not the current-day interpretation of this verse.
The Gentile eyes interpretation of this verse teaches a person can use Sunday, Monday, or whatever day he wants to use as the Sabbath day, and we are not to judge them for it. That is not even close, and it is the opposite of what this verse is saying. It’s quite apparent they do not know this verse is speaking of the Feasts of the Lord which are also known as Holy Days. Each of the Days listed here including the Sabbath are Feasts of the Lord. There are special foods and drinks they consume during these Holy Days. That only the new moon is addressed explicitly in this verse is no coincidence. As any spiritually-minded Jewish person knows, the new moon is a direct reference and alternate name for the Feast of Trumpets which is the next feast (appointed time) to be fulfilled on God’s Prophetic Calendar. It’s the time when the Gates of heaven are opened. Ezekiel 46:1 tells us; “Thus saith the Lord GOD; the gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the Sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened.” The Feast of Trumpets is a two-day feast that begins with the Rapture of the church and is followed immediately by the Day of the Lord.
Colossians 2:17 tells us these Holy Days (Feasts of the Lord) are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ One need not be a Bible scholar to know that when it states the Holy Days are a shadow of things to come, it means they are prophetic. A shadow is an image of an object that is not the object itself, but an image that bears a resemblance to the object. Just as the convocations are yearly rehearsals of the Feasts of the Lord and not the actual Feasts themselves.
“But the body is of Christ,” tells us it is the body of Christ that is casting the image. Paul could not have made it any clearer, The Feasts of the Lord tell us both when and what Christ is going to do in the future. Paul did not know the year that the Rapture of the church would take place, but He did know on which day it would take place. (If you don’t believe this, then please explain why was there such a tumult over when Christ will return in the same portion of scripture that refers to the Times and the Seasons?) The Bible makes it quite clear that Paul was honoring the Feasts. The book of Acts names several occasions where Paul wanted to be in Jerusalem in time for one of the Feasts of the Lord. If Paul was still observing these days in New Testament Times, why isn’t the rest of the Christian church doing the same?
So now that you know the Rapture will take place on the day our Lord appointed, which is Tishri 1 on the Hebrew calendar, and the first day of the Feast of Trumpets, how can anyone say that we cannot know the day? If you still aren’t convinced, there is plenty more proof where that came from in the coming chapters. Our Lord revealed the day and month 3500 years ago, so we know the DAY and MONTH of the Rapture, but we can only know the exact year of these non-rehearsal Fall Feasts of the Lord by understanding and watching the prophecies in the Word of God. That is the REAL reason He told us to watch.
Our Lord Expects Us to Know the Day
Yes, as heretical as that may sound to many, He does expect us to know the day of His return. You may not be on board with this as of yet, but hopefully, this introduction to the Feasts of the Lord has piqued your interest because we have just scratched the surface, and there is much more to them than this. The Feasts of the Lord are triune just like our God. Besides being Commemorative, they are also Prophetic as well as Redemptive. We’ll be presenting you with much more on this towards the end of this chapter. So it’s OK if you are still skeptical because the best is yet to come.
In addition to the fact that Paul told us in Colossians 2, the Feasts of the Lord are a “shadow of things to come,” giving us a glimpse of what our Lord will do in the future, and when He will do it, we now want to bring in some verses found in Revelation. Verses that take on a different light once you bring the Feasts of the Lord into the picture. In particular, we want to take a look at the things Christ had to say in the letters to the churches. Remember, Christ spoke to seven churches, and there was condemnation given to all but two of them. What is of interest to us are the warnings He gave to those churches. Like the Feasts of the Lord, the letters to the churches are 3 in 1. First, they were meaningful to each of the early churches to whom they were written. Second, when you research and find the root meanings of each of the names of the seven churches, you will see they are a precise prophetic description of each church during seven different church ages. Third, they are to serve as a warning to the churches of all ages. If you doubt this please take note of what the Bible states immediately before the letters to the churches are given.
Revelation 1:19 (KJV)
Write the things which thou hast seen,(past) and the things which are,(present) and the things which shall be hereafter; (future)
If we were to compare what’s written of these seven churches to a similar Bible passage in the Old Testament, it would be Deuteronomy 32, the song of Moses. It is the song that Moses gave to the Israelite’s just before he died and Israel crossed over the Jordan River. Even before they entered the Promised Land, God told them they were going to rebel against Him and what He would do because of their rebellion. It was God’s warning that you would think would have helped them to prevent these errors.
The same is true with the letters to the seven churches. Jesus Christ warned the churches of their errant ways and what would happen if they did not repent. Not one of the five churches listened to Christ’s warnings, and not one of the five repented. As explained in chapter 10, we know this because of the seven candlesticks (churches) Revelation 11:4 shows us there were only two of the candlesticks left. Now let’s take a look at two of these churches that had their candlesticks removed out from their place and view the common denominator that six of the churches share.
To limit the size of this chapter, we will only examine two of these five churches and present them as our evidence that He expects you to know the day.
THE CHURCH OF EPHESUS
Revelation 2:1 (KJV)
1. Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 2. I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3. And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast labored, and hast not fainted. 4. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
Ephesus means darling, or beloved, maiden of choice. Remember, it was Israel that was God’s maiden of choice, His bride, which is further evidence these people were mixed Israelite/ Gentiles. Ephesus represents the first-century church.
Now, taking into consideration that this is the first church, and knowing that it is made up mostly of a mixed Israelite-Gentile population, the meanings of the words take on a very different light than current-day teaching. In particular the phrase, “because thou has left thy first love,” can now be accurately interpreted. Israel’s first love was God.
But they committed adultery by chasing other loves; meaning they were worshiping false gods. For this reason, God divorced them, and He even published this divorce decree in Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 3:8 (KJV)
And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
According to God’s law in Deuteronomy 24, when a man divorced a wife he was not allowed to take her back again, and if the woman went and married another, she was guilty of adultery. That means even though God told them in Hosea that they would one day be His people again, God could not take them back without breaking His law, because He gave Israel a bill of divorce. The only way the woman (Israel) could remarry and not be guilty of adultery is if her first husband died. That is why Christ came and had to die on the cross. Although most teach otherwise, this is why Luke 19:10 says “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Israel is that which was lost. It also explains Matthew 15:24; “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Talk about TRUE LOVE; He died for His bride. His death on the cross freed Israel from the sin of adultery and left her free to marry again. The reason why Christ had to rise from the dead was to give the bride He died for an available groom for marriage. Remember, the remission from sin is in the blood and not in the breath. The shedding of His blood was enough to cover sin, but if He had not risen from the dead, it would have left the bride without a husband. Remember, when we die to self and live for Christ, we are grafted into the Olive Tree, and that tree is Israel. What you have just read is the mystery that Paul speaks of in Romans 7.
Knowing this, we know the REAL reason why He said: “because thou hast left thy first love.” Christ is chastising them (Israel) for leaving Him the first time, and telling them to “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works.” Christ is warning them to remember from what place they have fallen and repent. Israel fell from God’s grace because they committed adultery by chasing after false gods. “And do the first works” is referring to something that He wants them to do or to perform. The word used for works here is the Greek word “ergon,” which according to Strong’s Greek Dictionary refers to an act, doing, labor, and work. If you go back to the Old Testament you will find that the first works that the Lord expected Israel to do and keep forever were the Feasts of the Lord as given in Leviticus 23. They were revealed to Israel even before this, but this is the chapter where the Feasts are all laid out together.
Christ then says that if they don’t repent and do the first works, “I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place.” When you look up the meaning of the original Greek word for quickly, you will find it to be tachu, which means suddenly, or by surprise. Despite what they currently teach, this is in direct connection with the Rapture and the Day of the Lord. Christ is making a direct connection between the performing of these works and His not coming on them by surprise. If they were to keep rehearsing the Feasts of the Lord yearly and forever as commanded in Leviticus 23, He would never catch them by surprise. It further demonstrates as we have already shown you, the Feasts of the Lord are the same appointed times or times and seasons our Lord spoke of in the first chapter of Genesis. They reveal to us what our Lord is going to do in the future.
THE CHURCH OF SARDIS
The second church we want to bring to your attention is the church at Sardis. Sardis means those who escape and we can give this church a very accurate starting date of October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany. He escaped the perverted teachings of the Catholic Church by contending that salvation is attained not through works, but by grace through faith. It marked the beginning of the reformation and the founding of the protestant movement. That is all good and well, but if you have ever read some of the writings of Martin Luther you will find that he hated Jews. He believed they should be slaves because of their rejection of Jesus Christ. Martin Luther suffered from a severe case of replacement theology It may not be as severe, but this theology is still prevalent in almost all the churches of our current day. Martin Luther’s errant beliefs are echoed in what Christ has to say to the Church of Sardis.
Revelation 3:1 (KJV)
1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. 3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
Much like the church at Ephesus Christ voices condemnation of the church. Our Lord starts by saying He knows their works. He then states these works give them a reputation that they are living, but to Him, they are dead. Next he tells them to be watchful meaning be attentive to discover and avoid danger; by searching the Word of God and finding out where you have gone wrong. Correct your errant ways because not all your works are without error before God. Then just as He did to all the errant churches, He gives them the counseling they need to correct their ways.
“Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent.” Here Christ is telling them, “Remember how you have received and heard.” IT DOES NOT SAY Remember what you have received and heard as do many of the translations in use today. There is a world of difference between remembering “how” and remembering “what.” You could go through a whole Bible of things trying to come up with what “what” means, but remembering how can mean but one thing. How we received and heard was through God’s chosen people, Israel. They are how we “received” the scriptures in which God revealed His appointed times; the Feasts of the Lord which He commanded us to keep forever. Without them, we would have no clue as to when to watch for His return. He then states “If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.”
It is important here to point out that when Christ says, “I will come on thee as a thief,” He is telling them they are dead, as in dead for all eternity. It is the dead church of Sardis that Christ comes upon as a thief, and it is the dead church of Sardis that does not know the hour that He will come. If the dead church does not know the hour of Christ’s coming, shouldn’t the church that is not dead know it? How can we say this?
The chart which showed the Feasts of the Lord reveals the Feast of Trumpets is a two-day feast with the first day being the Rapture of His saints and the second day being the Day of the Lord. The first day is the Rapture of His saints when all those that are ready and watching for his return will be caught up to meet Him in the air. The only ones who belong to Christ that remain on the earth will be the foolish virgins that were not aware of the hour the groom was coming and the 144,000 referred to in Revelation 7. If you are still here the following day, which is the Day of the Lord, it means Christ came on you as a thief in the night. In other words, you are the evil servant that did not know the day and were not aware of the hour your master would return. What Paul says in I Thessalonians 5 should now make a lot more sense.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-2 (KJV) 1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Paul tells us that day (Rapture of His Saints on Tishri 1) should not come upon us as a thief, which is what the letter to the church of Sardis confirms. We have preachers and teachers telling people that Christ is going to come on them as a thief in the night; not knowing that what they are really telling people is they belong to a dead church! Again, it is the Day of the Lord that comes as a thief in the night and not the day of the Rapture of the church. The day of the Rapture” and the Day of the Lord are two consecutive but completely different days. The church would know this if they paid any attention at all to the Feasts of the Lord.
There will be doubters out there but the terminology Christ uses “If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee;” is speaking of the Rapture, even though many want to make it about something else. Christ said Sardis is a dead church and if they do not repent He says, “I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” Does this not suggest that if they repented He would not come upon them as a thief and they would know the hour of Christ’s coming upon them? If the dead church does not know the hour then it only stands to reason that the church in good standing will be aware of the hour of Christ’s return. If it does not, then these are wasted words; and our Lord does not waste words.
Why in the world would not knowing when Christ will return be a negative or punishment to the dead church if none of the churches are going to know when it will be? Christ mentions His return to six of the seven churches and indicates to four of the seven that if they do not repent, He will catch them by surprise when He returns. Does this not suggest that if the churches did repent they would not be taken by surprise?
FEASTS OF THE LORD
When you understand God’s Feast Days and see the number of times the Bible refers to them, it becomes very apparent that God places special importance on these days and it is essential that anyone that claims Jesus Christ as their savior should know and understand God’s Feast Days. Not only are they referred to all through the New Testament; not only are they prophetic by telling us of the times our Lord will meet with us in the future; they also present us with the pathway of salvation. Yes, besides being Commemorative and Prophetic, they are also Redemptive.
No doubt you have heard the phrase God’s Master Plan regarding salvation. These Feasts of the Lord genuinely are God’s Master Plan! These Feasts given by God are like God in that they are 3 in 1. They serve three purposes in what one could classify as God’s CPR or Cardio-Pulmonary-Resuscitation for man. They are:
- Commemorative Calendar – The Israelite’s were to remember and celebrate these days on their exact date forever as a reminder of how God delivered them from bondage in Egypt.
- Prophetic Calendar – God gave us the appointed times that He would meet with man. God has always informed us before He performs something that will significantly affect His children. Like a good father, He wants His children to be informed.
- Redemptive Calendar – It is God’s plan of redemption and salvation. It shows the events that will happen in our lives as we follow the path of salvation that He has laid out for us. This plan closely mirrors both His Prophetic and Commemorative Calendars. At the same time our Lord is carrying out this plan on a personal basis, He is also performing it on a historic worldwide basis.
Here is what His Redemptive Calendar looks like as portrayed by the Feasts of the Lord
- When Jesus died, he took our place on the cross and paid the price for our sins; He was the Passover. He gave up His life in place of yours. When you ask Christ to forgive your sin and come into your life and save you, you in effect are dying to self and giving him control of your life. He died for you so that you could live for him. This is the FEAST OF PASSOVER.
- When you are baptized and submerged in the water, this symbolizes your burial. A dead man is freed from sin. This is the FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD.
- When you are baptized and rise out of the water, this symbolizes being raised a new creature in Christ, Just as Christ was raised from the dead, so will you be. This is the FEAST OF FIRSTFRUITS.
- His Holy Spirit will now abide in you and guide you. This is the FEAST OF PENTECOST.
- Christ will sanctify you, which means set you apart or separate you from this world and the things in it unto Himself. This signifies the Rapture or the first part of the FEAST OF TRUMPETS. (Remember it’s a two-day feast) He will come into your life and be your King. This is the Day of the Lord and the Second Day of the FEAST OF TRUMPETS.
- Your sin debt is paid in full. This is the FEAST OF ATONEMENT.
- Jesus will dwell or tabernacle with you forever. This is the FEAST OF TABERNACLES.
NOTE: In the Bible, God uses the number 7 to symbolize completeness, and it can usually be divided into two groups of 4 and 3. When looking at God’s Feast Days it is also apparent. During the first 3 Feasts the performance must be initiated by you while the last 4 Feasts God will perform.
These 7 Feasts reveal God’s Master Plan for all mankind. It is through this Master Plan that God makes a way for sinful man to be reconciled, to be brought back to the state that God intended for him. For this to happen these Feast)s (appointed meeting times between God and man) must occur in our lives on an individual basis. At the same time, these feasts are being fulfilled by God on an appointed time historical basis. What motivation could God possibly have to hide this plan from us? The answer is He doesn’t, but we have swallowed Satan’s lies in finding a way to believe that He has.
When you know and understand God’s Feast Days, there is no way you can make the statement that nobody knows “THE DAY” the Rapture will occur. God knew it before He even made man and He revealed the Month & Day more than 3500 years ago. It’s because man seldom does the things that God has asked him to do with any consistency that many of these things are unknown. When things are going well we forget about the things our Lord has asked of us until He does something drastic to wake us up.
The next thing to be revealed to you is something you should find Super-Exciting. You are going to learn what the REAL Sign of the Son of Man is. Once you truly understand what this sign is, you will know the current day teaching that nobody can know the day or the hour of our Lords return is completely false. Once you know the Sign, you will understand that if you do not know the day of His return, you are going to miss it; just as the five foolish virgins did. Did you ever take note of how the five foolish virgins knew the day of the groom’s wedding, but they were not aware of the hour?
The Sign of the Son of Man &
The Appointed Time of Christ’s Return
Book Introduction (Read for more info contained in the book)
- The REAL 4th Kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream (Daniel 2)
- The REAL King of Babylon (Isaiah 14)
- The REAL Key to Deciphering Time Prophecy
- The REAL Secret Prophecy of Daniel 4
- The REAL Beast of Revelation 13
- The REAL Beast that was and is not; And the Great Whore (Revelation 17)
- The REAL 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Revelation 6)
- The REAL First 4 Trumpets of Revelation 8
- The REAL 4 Angels of Revelation 9 And the Plague of Islam
- The REAL Woman, Dragon and Flood of Revelation 12
- The REAL 2 Witnesses of Revelation 11
- The REAL 70 Weeks of Daniel 9
- The FEASTS OF THE LORD; The Appointed Time of Christ’s Return
- The REAL Sign of the Son of Man; and Signs of the End (Matthew 24)
- The REAL Parable of the 10 Virgins (Matthew 25)
- The Fall Feast Days as Revealed in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 6,7,8,11)
- The REAL Warning to the Church of Laodicea; the Church of Today (Revelation 3)
- Closing Thoughts & the REAL Day of the Resurrection of Our Lord