We start counting down the days to summer vacation in January, sometimes before. My husband is the ring-leader. He tantalizes us with the number for months. (Finally, I found a free app for my phone that counts it down for me.)
We count down to all kinds of things: Christmas, birthdays, etc. There’s one in particular that has been on my mind: The Feast of Trumpets.
I have known since I was a kid that Jesus was Jewish. I remember the bumper sticker, “My boss is a Jewish carpenter”. I‘ve understood the stuff in the Bible about Him being a Jew. I know the stories of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I get it-or so I thought. For most of my life, it was a non-factor. I didn’t understand how important it was. But the older I get…and the more I learn…it’s AMAZING how the Jewishness of Jesus plays into my life-as a Gentile and as a believer.
Even though I’m a pastor’s wife, I haven’t known, nor do I know, the book of Revelation inside and out. I didn’t know about “end time events”, nor was I concerned. I am a follower of Christ, so I know I will be OK. That may sound naïve, I know it does, but, honestly, I was busy teaching preschoolers, kids or some other group about Jesus-the stories. We talked about how much Jesus loves us, His sacrifice, and how He has a plan for each of us. I love, love, love the Bible stories and crafts, but stayed clear of anything apocalyptical. It was too hard, and I didn’t have the fortitude to do it.
My husband gently, but thoroughly and continually, encouraged me to study about end time events and Revelation. He gave me a book about the Seven Jewish Feasts by Zola Levitt. It struck a match in my heart! I am still, after two years, amazed. The gist of it is that there are seven feasts celebrated each year by the Jewish people. They are tied remarkably to events in Jesus’ life.
“The Lord coming back” is not something just for old people to focus on. Ask ANYBODY. The whole world can see that it-the end-IS getting very close. In fact, hear me out…according to the celebration of the seven Jewish feasts and numerous Bible scholars it could likely happen in the fall of the year, whatever year it is.
The first Jewish feast is called “Passover“. (That’s when Jesus was crucified.) Then they have the Feast of Unleavened Bread on the night after Passover. (That’s when Jesus was buried.) This feast is followed by “First Fruits”-what we now call Easter. (That’s when Jesus AROSE FROM THE GRAVE! Woohoo!) Fifty days after First Fruits is the feast of Pentecost. (That’s when the Holy Spirit came to all believers.) Those feasts were celebrated in the spring. Since He always observed each one of them and since all of these feasts held an extremely significant event in the life of Christ, we need to look at what’s next: “The Feast of Trumpets”.
The Feast of Trumpets signified the end of harvest and occurred mid-Sept/mid-Oct. A trumpet was sounded for all workers to come to the temple. Many Bible verses talk about when Jesus comes back to “rapture” the church and mention that a TRUMPET will sound-I Thess. 4:13-18. Rapture means “caught up”. Jesus will literally be coming in the clouds and all living believers will be “caught up” in the clouds to meet Him. Sounds weird, but its gospel truth.
So…if it DID happen this year…and we thought it would be around the last of September, what would we do differently? A month ago, I looked at the date. There was a countdown on a website to the Feast of Trumpets. It was 114 days and so many hours. “Wow!” I thought, “What if it really did happen in 2014?” Today, as I write this, I just looked: 84 days.
At 114 days, I kept thinking, “What would I do differently?” What would I say? Would I really be Jesus with skin on, if I just had three more months? Would I be more courageous sharing the gospel? Would I serve Jesus with all of my heart, as if my life depended on it? Would I write an article that might cause people to question my sanity but make them think?
I asked a few people what they would do for Jesus if they only had 100 days left. It was a good question. Some said they would witness to more people. Typically, we put stuff off, knowing there will be more time. But, what if there isn’t more time? What would YOU do?
Just thinking about it has changed the way I look at each day. I’m trying to be more courageous about sharing the good news, and be more encouraging. I don’t know if you’ve been paying attention, but there sure is a hurting world out there!
I know that no one really knows when it will be. We won’t know ‘til it happens! But…what if…
Tick, tock, we’re on the clock!