The last four chapters of this book are probably four of the most important chapters you will ever read. (Not including the Word of God of course.) 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 understand 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 four chapters are extremely important to your spiritual understanding, so please make sure you understand them before you cast them off as being written by some raving lunatic. Even though the interpretations given are unheard of and not taught in the seminaries and churches of today, you will be provided sound evidence to confirm what is being said. These next three chapters are made up of things you have not heard and things that are the opposite of what you have been taught. Some will have the urge to just put the book down or toss it because it does not agree with what their teacher or preacher told them. Others will disregard what they read because their minds are made up and open to nothing that would cause them to question it. This is exactly how our Lord said the church of today would respond in His letter to the church of Laodicea, the church of today.
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 and meditate upon it. It is then that the Holy Spirit will guide you into the truth, just as our Lord said He would. With that being said;
To almost everyone in the Christian community “The REAL Appointed Time of Christ’s Return” sounds like one of the most heretical statements you have ever heard, but is it really? 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 really believe that our Lord has left us in the dark as to when He will return for us? Did not our Lord Jesus Christ tell us just before He went to the cross that when the Holy Spirit (comforter) was come that 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 really believe these things to come He refers to will be insignificant little things just to remind us that He knows the beginning from the end? 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”?
The last four chapters of this book are probably four of the most important chapters you will ever read. (Not including the Word of God of course.) 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. You will be introduced to new ideas by going back and researching the original Greek and Hebrew words and 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. You will be shown how the modern day translations have changed the words to reflect the translator’s beliefs which are not necessarily consistent with what the Word of God actually says. You will be shown how we 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 carved in stone statement that can never change. This is ridiculous because if what everyone believes this verse to mean never changes, then our Lord will never coming back! He will never return because if this verse remains true the Father will be the only one that ever knows. And if and when the Father does tell Him, he has already promised to tell us in John 16 where Christ is referring to 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 idea we wish to put before you is this idea that the date of Christs Return is an appointed time and not a “could happen at any moment” event. It is an event with an appointed time. The word of God is full of appointed times. There are appointed time and then there are the appointed times of our Lord. The appointed times of our Lord have a special word that sets them apart from all others. It is a Hebrew word that has no Greek equivalent so they are totally overlooked in the New Testament. These “appointed times” were revealed to mankind in the first chapter of the Bible, but because of our lack of knowledge concerning the Old Testament and God’s chosen people, we are not aware of them.
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? All the information we need is in His Word, we just have 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 it is not found in any one prophecy, nor is it found in any way that you would expect to find it. It is revealed in a threefold way. By this we mean the day and month are revealed in one way, while the hour and year are each revealed separately in other ways.
The exact year and of His return will not be revealed in this chapter, but the day and month it will happen will be. 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 they are revealed, the scriptures will come alive with witnesses in both the Old and New Testament to confirm it. NOTE: The day and month were first revealed 3500 years ago, but it was not possible for us to understand the significance of this day and month until after the first Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was given.
The “day and month” of the appointed time of Christ’s return is revealed in God’s Master Plan, which are the “Feasts of the Lord.” These feasts are His “appointed times.” (That’s what “feast” means in Hebrew) It’s through these “feasts” that we know the “appointed days” or 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. The year of His return is revealed by watching and understanding the Bible prophecy that is being fulfilled right before our eyes.
Even though it has been revealed to us, people have been misled to believe that they cannot know the day of the Rapture because all the attention of the teachers is put on “But of that day and hour knoweth no man” and not enough attention 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 what the Father says. 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. This is why “nobody can know” has been taught in our seminaries for hundreds of years, and few if any have ever studied and researched this subject like they should. 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 else!
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 or the day, or even the year? Do you know that the “day” and the “hour” have an entirely different meaning when used in a prophetic way and may mean something different than what 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 do 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 verses and other scripture to find out what else these verses could be saying or actually mean. These verses will be reviewed so that you may see and understand what we have been taught is not what the Word of God says.
Now let’s lay out the evidence that shows how God revealed this Day to us 3500 years ago in the Old Testament, and how it is verified again in the New Testament, leaving no doubt as to the revealed day. In fact there are many ways and verses in the scriptures that reveal to us when that day is. This day is revealed to us in the “Feasts of the Lord” which are the most important dates in the all the Bible, yet the bulk of Christians in the world today have no idea what they are or what they mean.
This is the main topic of this chapter, but before getting into them there are a few other things you need to consider so that you are able to put the proper perspective on the verses we will be using in the New Testament. There is no intent to deceive going on here, in fact what is shown here should help you make a little more sense out of some verses that didn’t seem to make much sense before. What are we getting at here?
When we read the Bible we have a tendency……. no, not a tendency, we do look at it 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 I am trying to say here. 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.” This is true, but it is not the reason Christ gives for coming to earth. Or they may quote Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. True 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 that had 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 replied; “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 that 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 off as 12 tribes, but after the reign of Solomon they were split into two kingdoms. The 10 tribes of the north became the “House of Israel” and the 2 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, almost all 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 come back, and they referred to them as “Gentiles”. It was these people that made up the largest portion of the audience that Paul spoke to. Why else do you think there were so many of them that were eager to follow after Christ? The Gentiles already had their own heavenly gods and they hated Jews; who by their own 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 had a limited knowledge of the things Paul spoke of, and were not totally ignorant of them as the overwhelming majority of the Gentiles were.
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” 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 10 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 10 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 many more examples, but we hope this will suffice for now; so please keep in mind that the bulk of the people in the early churches were in fact mixed Israelite Gentiles. This is very important because there are many verses in the New Testament where the true meaning of the verse can be understood by knowing who and what the subjects of the verses are. This should become clearer to you as you 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 important item you need to understand before we can make our case. You need to know what the Bible is referring to when it speaks of “Times and Seasons.” This will be exhibit 1 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
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.”
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 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. In fact this is undeniable proof that the early church was honoring them just as God commanded in Leviticus 23; but have you ever heard anyone tell you this? Let us now explain to you what the times and seasons are so that you may better understand why our Lord expects you (yes I did say expects) you to know and be looking and ready for Him on the date of His return.
“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 and the very chapter that starts out “In the beginning.” Having to go back this far shows us how God had this all planned out, right from the very beginning. He has not hidden from us what He is going to do; and yet that is what has been taught regarding the most important events in the life of His church. The fault lies with us because we have not paid attention to His “every word”; which is what we are to live by. 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 said, even before He created mankind.
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 t they would also be used 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 days, years, seasons and signs, 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 to us. Let’s take a look at why this is true.
First, it needs to be pointed out that there is one purpose that does not really fit in with the other purposes, if that is, we were to interpret it the way that almost everyone does. As God states later the “greater light” rules the day and the “lessor light” to rule the night. However, neither the sun, nor the moon, or the stars determine the “seasons”. It is the tilt of the earths’ axis that determines the seasons. So why did God put the seasons before days and years? Does the word “seasons” mean something different than what we think it does? Let’s take a look and see!
NOTE: Môʿēd comes from the Hebrew word yaad which is to set a date for a trial or to set a marriage engagement. Is not that what we are all here for; to determine if we will be attending a wedding or a trial?
NOTE: Out of the 45 plus Bible translations looked at, there was only one that translated it “festivals” instead of “seasons.”
As you look over the list of meanings for this word you can see there is nothing random, or “could happen at any time” about this word. A season is an appointed time (as beforehand) to convene a meeting for a definite purpose. It is Strong’s number <4150> and notice that it also refers to a “feast”. A “Feast” in the Bible and to the Israelite people is not a celebration involving lots of food like a “Gentile” would think. A “Feast” is actually an appointed meeting time between God and Man. The word “mo-ade” is only used for “God’s appointed times;” it is not used for any other gatherings or other “appointed times.” 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 give you more insight as to the true meanings of many verses in the Bible that speak of “appointed times,” “times and seasons,” “times,” or “seasons.”
Leviticus 23 spells out these “Feasts of the Lord;” which also go by Times, Seasons, and Times and Seasons in the New Testament. Even though you might not be able to see this yet, these all refer to God’s appointed meeting times with mankind.
Leviticus 23:4-6 (KJV)
These are the feasts <4150> of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. <4150> In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the LORD’S Passover. 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 rehearsal for an actual appointed meeting time between God and Man. Also, these are “God’s Feasts” and not Jewish Feasts, there is a big difference here that is very important and should not be taken lightly. When we call them “Jewish Feasts” it is automatically assumed that these “Feasts” are for Jews only. When we understand that these are God’s Feasts or “Feasts of the Lord” it puts them in a totally different light.
Notice that the words “Feast” and “Seasons” are given the same number by Strong’s. Also notice that these “Feasts” are given a very specific day. 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.
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 specific day.
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 Jewish calendar it is 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 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)
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” every year on the appointed dates. By celebrating these dates on a yearly basis it helped keep them in good standing with the Lord and helped to keep them on the straight and narrow path.
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 it is not a “specific date.” Remember, these Feasts are as they were given during the First Covenant. (Jewish names of the “months” are on bottom line of graph)
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.”
Remember we said that God’s Feasts are “Appointed Times,” meeting times between God and Man. God does not come down from the heavens every year and meet with man. However, he did come down and meet with man 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 sin.
Do you know what day he died on? 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 unto life. On Nisan 15, The Feast of Unleavened Bread, he was in the grave. On Nisan 16, The Feast of Firstfruits, He rose from the dead. He was the first to conquer death. Fifty days later the Holy Ghost descended from heaven and the Church was born on the Feast of Pentecost.
Note: Because the Jewish day begins with the onset of night (when the stars appear) and the Gentile day begins at midnight (12 A.M.) there is often a discrepancy when doing time and number of days calculations, as the hours do no not align.
Did you notice anything special that happened in the previous paragraph? Each one of New Covenant dates fell exactly on the appointed meeting times of the spring Feasts the Israelite’s were given to celebrate over 3500 years ago. They were fulfilled on the exact day that God told the Israelite’s to celebrate them 1500 years beforehand. (Moed, as appointed beforehand) Do you see the pattern here? These “Seasons” spoken of in Genesis 1:14 are God’s appointed times to meet with man. He gave the appointed times to the Israelite’s which they rehearse on a yearly basis, 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 they were given during Old Testament times, each one of these Feasts has a New Testament correlation. The chart below shows God’s Feast dates on the left as given to the Israelite’s with the corresponding New Testament (Covenant) meeting time given at the right.
Here are the Feasts laid out in a graph called God’s Appointment Planner.
If our Lord fulfilled all the Spring Feasts and the Summer Feasts on the exact day He made the appointment for 3500 years ago, do you really believe he will not do the same for the Fall Feasts? What reason could you possibly have to think He would not?
These appointed times were fulfilled the first time when God poured out his wrath upon Egypt to let His people go. That first Passover was Nisan 14, with the Feast of Unleavened Bread the next day and each of the following Feasts on the appointed time. Of special note is that the Jews celebrate the Feast of Weeks, also known as Pentecost, as the day that the 10 commandments were given 3500 years ago. We celebrate it as the day the Holy Spirit was given 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. 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 the appointment on the exact day He scheduled it, even to the point of using the exact same days for two different covenants?
Please keep in mind that these are “God’s Feasts” or “Feasts of the Lord” and not Jewish Feasts as they are so often referred to in error. These feasts are the only feasts that use the Hebrew word “moed.” As was shown earlier, the Jews have other feasts but they are referred to as zemān, which also speaks of an “appointed time,” but it is not used for the times God Appointed.
(Exhibit 2) There is a verse in the New Testament which confirms that God’s Feasts are Prophetic. It’s found in:
Colossians 2:16-17 (KJV)
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: Which are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ
This is even more evidence that the early converts that Paul was speaking to were mixed Israelite’s. The “holy days, new moon, and sabbath days” Paul is speaking of here are all God’s Feast days; the very same “Times and Seasons” Paul mentions in 1st Thessalonians. It should be obvious to anyone reading this verse that the early church at Colossae was observing the “Holy Days” which are also known as the “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. This is not even close and it is very obvious they do not know this verse is speaking of the “Feasts of the Lord” which are “Holy Days.” Each of the days listed here including the Sabbath are “Feasts of the Lord.” There are special foods and drinks they consumed during these “Holy Days.” The Feast of Trumpets and the Feast of Atonement are considered to be “High Holy Days” or the Holiest Days.
It is no coincidence that only the “new moon” was addressed specifically in this verse. As all practicing Jewish people know, 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 which will begin with the “Rapture” of the church, and is immediately followed by the Day of the Lord. It says that these feast days are a “shadow of things to come,” which means they are prophetic. A shadow is an image of an object that is not the object itself, but it casts a close outline of the object. “But the body is of Christ” tells us that 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 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.”
So now that you know the Rapture will take place on the day God appointed it to, which is Tishri 1 on the Jewish calendar which is the “Feast of Trumpets,” how can anyone say that “we cannot know the day?” The day was revealed 3500 years ago, so we know the “DAY” of Christs return; but the exact year of the non-rehearsal “Fall Feasts of the Lord” can only be known by knowing and watching the prophecies He has revealed to us. This is the “REAL” reason He told us to “watch.”
Our Lord Expects Us to Know the Day
Hopefully you understood the previous ideas that were brought into the conversation, so that you will understand what is coming next. There will be some that disagree, but that’s OK because there is still lots of proof to present even if you still don’t believe He expects us to know “the day.”
In addition to the fact that Paul told us in Colossians 2 that God’s Feasts are a “shadow of things to come,” meaning they are an indication of what our Lord will do in the future, we now want to bring in some verses found in Revelation. In particular, what Christ had to say to the churches. Remember, Christ spoke to seven churches and there was condemnation given to all but two of them. What are of interest to us are the warnings He gave to those churches. Like God’s Feast Days, the letters to the churches are 3 in 1. First they were meaningful to each of the early churches they were written to. 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 the seven different ages. Third, they are to serve as a warning to the churches of all ages. If you doubt this please take note of what was told to John immediately before the letters to the churches were given.
Revelation 1:19 (KJV)
Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
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. This is the song that Moses spoke to the Israelite’s 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 against him. It was God’s warning that you would think would have helped them to prevent the 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 5 churches listened to Christ’s warnings, and not one of the five repented. It will be explained later why we can make this deduction. Now let’s take a look at two of these churches and view the common denominator that six of the churches share.
To limit the size of this chapter we will only examine three of these five churches and present them as our evidence that He expects you to know the day.
THE CHURCH OF EPHESUS
Revelation 2:1-5 (KJV)
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 that these people were mixed Israelite/Gentiles. Ephesus represents the 1st century church.
Now, taking into consideration that this is the first church, and knowing that it is made up mostly of the mixed Israelite-Gentile population, the meanings of the words take on a very different light than we have been shown in the past. 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 that 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 ever take her back again, and if the woman went and married another, she was guilty of adultery. This means that even though God said in Hosea that they would one day be His people again, God could not take them back without breaking His own 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. This is why Christ came and had to die on the cross. Although we are taught 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. This 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. As you can see from the definition of the Greek word “ergon” in the box below it 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 actually revealed to Israel before this, but this is the chapter where the “Feasts” were all laid out together.
Christ then says that if they don’t repent, “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 “tachu,” it means “suddenly, or by surprise.” 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 on a yearly basis “forever” as He commanded them back in Leviticus 23, He would never catch them by surprise. This 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 this church can be given 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 through faith. This marked the beginning of the reformation and the founding of the protestant movement. This is all good and well but if you have ever read some of the writings of Martin Luther you will find that he actually hated Jews. He believed they should be slaves because of their rejection of Jesus Christ. This was a form of “replacement theology” that may not be as extreme, but is still prevalent in most all churches of our current day. His errant beliefs are reflected in what Christ has to say to the Church of Sardis.
Revelation 3:1-3 (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 out by saying He knows what they’re up to or doing. 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 and correct your errant ways because not all your works are without error before God. Then like 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 do. 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 Gods chosen people, Israel. This is how we received the scriptures in which God revealed His appointed times; the Feasts of the Lord which He commanded be kept “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. How can we say this?
The chart which showed the Feasts of the Lord showed that 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, the Rapture of the church is the day the Rapture takes place so the only ones that belong to Christ that will be left on earth will be the 144,000 referred to in Revelation 7. If you are still here on earth it means that Christ came on you as a “thief in the night.” What Paul says in I Thessalonians 5 should now make a little 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 should not come upon us as a thief, which is what the letter to the church of Sardis confirms. Yet we have preachers, teachers and church members telling people that Christ is going to come on them as a “thief in the night;” not knowing what they are actually telling people is that 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 Rapture of the church.
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 visitation? If the dead church does not know the hour then it only stands to reason that the church which is alive will know the hour of Christ’s visitation. If it does not, then these are wasted words; and God 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 mentions 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 they are spoken of in the Bible it becomes very apparent that God places a very special importance on these days and it is important that anyone that claims Jesus Christ as His personal 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 “Gods Master Plan” with reference to salvation. These “Feasts” truly are Gods Master Plan! These Feasts given by God are like God in that they are 3 in 1. They serve three purposes and they are what could be referred to as God’s Cardio-Pulmonary-Resuscitation for mankind. 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 greatly affect His people. Like a good father, He wants His children to be informed.
- Redemptive Calendar – In it is given God’s plan of redemption and salvation. It shows you the events that will happen to you as you follow the path of salvation that He has laid out for us. This plan mirrors both His Prophetic and Commemorative Calendars exactly. At the same time our Lord is carrying out this plan on a personal basis, He is also performing it on a historic world wide basis.
Here is what His Redemptive Calendar looks like.
- When Jesus died he took our place on the cross and paid the price for your 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 being buried with Christ in death. A dead man is freed from sin. This is the FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD.
- When you are baptized and come up out of the water, this symbolizes being raised up 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, or “set you apart” or separate you from this world and the things in it unto Himself. This is 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 actually reveal God’s Master Plan for all of mankind. It is through this Master Plan that God makes a way for sinful man to be reconciled, be brought back to the state that God intended for him. For this to happen these Feasts 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” that the Rapture will occur. God knew it before He even made man and He revealed the “DAY” to man 3500 years ago. It’s only because “man” seldom does the things that God has asked him to do with any consistency, that we forget about them and fall away from the things of God until He does something drastic to wake us up again.
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