When? Who knows? If Jesus doesn’t know, I’d think we should not waste the time, nor mental energy to try and figure it out. No man knows the mind of God.
This chapter is not to answer the question asked in its title. My purpose of this writing is to provoke thought, and study of God’s Word. I’m not “tooting my own horn” here, nor will I drown you in a sea of scriptural references you would probably never take the time to verify. I’d like to speak to what you already know, and share my opinion with some common sense and logic. “COMMON SENSE CHRISTIANITY” is my goal here. Let us begin:
What if the whole world knew exactly when the church would be removed and the tribulation would begin? This world would be a bad place to live!
Imagine if everyone on earth knew when they would die? Again, the world would be a bad place to live.
God keeps things from us for our benefit, even though we often don’t realize it. Jesus said “no man knows the day nor the hour”, but, I believe a wise man, while he would not be able to determine the year of the rapture, or the day, or the hour, he can discern the season. A study of the Jewish feasts and Holy days is one of the first steps. Another is understanding Revelation, and the Tribulation, but that will not be addressed in this chapter.
This commentary is my opinion, and is subject to error, as I have not provided any scriptural references and support. I encourage you to study, and confirm things in your own mind. NEVER take any teacher, or preacher’s word at face value, check it against the scriptures. Men are fallible. often times even in our zeal for God, we can be in error. And though well intentioned,it is possible for us to mislead others. m
We will start with Hanukkah: Many People don’t regard Hanukkah/Festival of lights as a Biblical Feast, or a Holy day because “the festival of lights” during this time period originates from the Maccabean rebellion, and is the most recent Feast day, and many say it was “instituted by man”. The very fact that it points to the flesh confirms it as A God ordained Feast day, with Prophetic implications, which have already been fulfilled by The Lord Jesus IN HIS FLESH. Here are a few of the reasons I feel this way.
Jesus Said “I am the light of the World” standing in the temple, on this very feast day. The Temple in Jerusalem during this time was the most illuminated structure in Israel, and could be seen for many miles away. John said he(John) was sent “to bear witness of that light”(Jesus) that has entered the world. Jesus chose this period of time to make his entry into the world, though unseen, through the womb of Mary (FLESH). God IN THE FLESH, entered the world during this time period. HE WAS CONCEIVED during this time, and born 9 months later.
I have two primary reasons for this opinion. The first of which is “the course of Abijah, (June 19-25, Gregorian calendar), the period of which we can reckon the conception of John the Baptist, and from thence reckon the conception of Jesus (Luke ch. 1-3) and birth of Jesus. In a literal DAY count, it was six months from the conception of John, to the conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary. This places Jesus’ CONCEPTION during the festival of Lights, or Hanukkah. To determine this, a literal DAY COUNT must be used, because the Gregorian calendar does not correspond with the Jewish calendar, and attempting to reconcile the two can be a mind numbing task.
Jesus was not born on Christmas. However, he entered the world on Christmas. He is the Greatest Gift God has ever given us, so its not hard to see the implication of the lights and gifts we give on Dec 25.
My second reason for this opinion on the BIRTH of Jesus is the 9 month period from hannukah to Succoth.
Again, using a LITERAL DAY COUNT, it was 266-270 (depending on the Moon) days from the Hanukkah, to the beginning of the feast of Tabernacles. Guess what? .. A woman’s fetal gestation period for a normal baby is 266-270 days. That’s not a mere coincidence.
Luke chapter two records the conception of John the Baptist as being immediately After the “course of Abija”, which generally falls in June. Jesus was conceived six months later, and born around mid September, NOTDecember 25, as many so erroneously believe.
This places the birth of Jesus Christ during Succoth (the feast of trumpets (awakening blast), atonement, and tabernacles). These three feasts are in the same Month of September. The general term is Succoth, general term used to encompass this time period.
ALL have a prophetic shadow, and all but one were literally fulfilled by the Lord Jesus IN THE flesh, at his FIRST coming, and will be fulfilled again at his SECOND coming also. The feast of trumpets, or “awakening blast” will be fulfilled at the rapture, when the dead in Christ shall wake to the sound of the trump of the arch angel, and the voice of Christ Jesus.
If one were to study the Bridal analogy Jesus used to describe his relationship with his Church, the parallels and shadows are undeniable. The same is true of God’s plans and prophetic timeline. The Bride/Bridegroom analogy Jesus uses to describe his relationship with his church is discussed in another chapter of this book.
Personally, it took me a long time to determine where Hanukkah fit into the Prophetic framework of the seven feasts. I think for many, if they still believe Jesus was born on Christmas, it makes it harder to see the shadows and parallels of the other Feasts and Holy days.
Here is an overview of the Jewish feast days with parallels.
Passover: No one will dispute the fact that there is a definite Prophetic fulfillment of this day, IN THE FLESH by Jesus, by dying for the world as the Passover Lamb. Most Christians would have no problem at all seeing the purpose or implication of this day fulfilled by Jesus in the flesh. In summary, Jesus entered Jerusalem on Nisan 10, the day the Jews pick their Passover Lamb. Jesus spent four days in Jerusalem, the number of required days the Lamb spends in the house of the Jew, to be examined for flaws or defects prior his slaughter for Passover. On a side note, Jesus observed “the fast of the first born” which was required by all first born males in Israel prior to Passover.
Feast of unleavened bread: this was always the day after Passover, and represented our Saviour’s death, and burial. It is considered a “special” Sabbath day, no matter what day of the week it falls on. The Passover is ALSO considered a Sabbath day regardless of the day of the week it falls on. God designated Passover as Nisan 14, and the Lamb’s to be picked four days prior, Nisan 10 in accordance with the Law. Nisan 14 was also determined by the moon, and passover was always on a full moon. As far as Sabbaths go, many people think Sabbath was saturday, but it was entirely possible to have as many as 3 Sabbath days in a week, with two “special Sabbaths”. The lack of understanding the Jewish culture and Sabbaths, and “special Sabbaths” leads many Christians to error.
As I type, I pray I’m not in error, but most likely, so some degree, I am. The goal here is to MOTIVATE, not educate you.
At this point, and at my level of understanding, it is my opinion, and subject to change, so please verify this with your own prayerful study.
My OPINION is that EVERY DAY Jesus was in the grave, 3 FULL days, and 3 full nights in the tomb, was a Sabbath, with his crucifixion being on a Wednesday or Thursday (burial before 6pm), and his resurrection being on a Saturday night, or early Sunday morning, depending on interpretation, and whose time you use.
I don’t think you could ever “nail it down”, and it would only be a source of contention to even try. Suffice to say we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection on Sunday, which points to his walking out of the tomb after midnight,Sunday morning.
In the Jewish day, it isSaturday night until 6am on our Sunday morning. (the Jewish day begins and ends at sunrise, not 12 pm as ours does). Not a conflict, just a difference.
Feast of First fruits: this day was determined as the first day of the week following Passover , or Sunday to the Jews. Throughout the NT, Jesus is referred to as the First fruits of the dead, first fruits of the Grave etc., so the shadow and implications here are easy to see.
Pentecost: Most any Christian knows what the day of Pentecost is, and it was fulfilled. This day was reckoned by a literal day count from Passover. It was 50 days from Passover to Pentecost. And was fulfilled when Jesus gave ALL men the opportunity for the Holy Spirit to dwell in their hearts if they believe on him.
Feast of Trumpets: Will be fulfilled at the Rapture
Day of atonement: Will be fulfilled at Jesus second coming
Feast of Tabernacles: Fulfilled at the Second Coming of Jesus
Feast of Booths: Fulfilled at the end of the thousand year reign of Christ.
In closing, on a historical, prophetic timescale, These days have already been fulfilled. Hanukkah (you’re only conceived ONCE), Passover (ONE Lamb sacrificed), feast of unleavened bread (ONE death), Feast of first fruits (ONE resurrection).
There are three more prophetic days to be fulfilled. My personal belief is The feast of trumpets, or “awakening blast” (ONE Rapture of the Bride) day of atonement (Jesus second coming, and the Judgment of the nations) and finally, feast of booths, or Tabernacles. (God is with us). Could the Rapture occur in the month of September? It’s not for us to worry, but to be prepared, and to warn and witness to others.
Note that in Zechariah 14;16, the feast of tabernacles is observed during the millennial reign of Christ, and any nation that DOES NOT observe it, will be stricken with drought. This tells me the feast days are still important during that time period, and the feast of tabernacles could very well be Jesus birthday. Another interesting thing to consider is this: According to the Bible, Jesus Second coming will occur seven years after the Rapture. What more appropriate day for Jesus return, but the feast of booths, or tabernacles, or the day of atonement?. All these feasts fall within a time period of just a few weeks, in the month of September.
Something to think about. God bless you!