Rosh Hashanah…. Ready or Not!

Happy Rosh Hashanah everyone!

This is the Jewish New Year which was appointed by God, to the Jews, as one of the seven celebrated feasts found in both Leviticus 23:23-25 and Numbers 29:1-6.

This feast is one of the three fall festivals. It marks the beginning of their civil year and is celebrated on the first day of the seventh month. On the Jewish calendar, it’s the month of Tishrei and this year for us, it started on September 16th – September 18th.

During this celebration, the Jewish people blow one hundred trumpet blasts with the shofar. This festival stresses the concept of the return of God. It also celebrates God’s role as judge over mankind’s actions for the past year and gives them an opportunity to begin the New Year with a clean slate.

To me this kind of sounds like the rapture of the church. Which is when Christ descends from heaven with a shout and with the sound of a trumpet (the shofar). Then we the church, are ‘caught up’ into the air to meet the Lord.

“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” 1 Thes. 4:16-17

Now I’m not saying he will come on this day, for no one knows the day or hour, however I think it is definitely a possibility. So my next question is are you ready?

“Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaidswho took their lamps & went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish & five were wise. The five who were foolish didn’t take enough oil for their lamps, but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy & fell asleep. “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out & meet him!’ “All the bridesmaids got up & prepared their lamps. Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop & buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast & the door was locked. Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’  “But he replied, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’ “…Keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.” Matthew 25:1-13

In this parable we see that the foolish bridesmaids were not prepared and because of that, they were not allowed in the wedding. They had only one shot to get in, there were no second chances. But what I want to suggest to you is that this parable, is simply teaching us about readiness. It’s a plane and clear message. And my friends you have got to be ready for the return of Christ. Which means that you are being pure, set apart, practicing righteousness, being faithful and faithfully awaiting his return. Not riding the fence with Christ in a lukewarm state. He is coming back for a ‘ready’ bride and the shofar is going to break the silence of the night. Ready or not, He’s coming!

So I ask you again, if Christ were to come right now, would you make the cut? Or would you be left behind like some of virgins? Now is the time to get right with God, don’t wait any longer, please, please don’t! For one day we’ll have a marriage supper to attend and I want all of you there…

Rev. 19: 6-9, “Then I heard what  sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters & like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad & give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, & his bride has made herself ready.…Then the angel said to me, “… ‘‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’” And he added, “These are the true words of God.

Love you all!

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12 responses to “Rosh Hashanah…. Ready or Not!

  1. Now I’m not saying he will come on this day, for no one knows the day or hour, however I think it is definitely a possibility. So my next question is are you ready?

    However, it IS cloudy today. 😉

    I’m always lookin’ . . .

  2. In Jewish tradition, the unmarried friends who attend the bride provide light for the groom who comes at night.

    “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. “But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.
    (Mat 24:12-13 NASB)

    Wickedness is often called darkness. In fact, In John it says the following about light and darkness, “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. “For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. “But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”
    (Joh 3:19-21 NASB)

    The Father had to approve of the bride and had to approve of the house that his son built for his bride. Only then would the bridegroom be able to come for his bride. Jesus told His disciples the following:

    “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also”.

    (Joh 14:2-3 NASB)

    But of the day and hour Jesus said the following:

    “But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. “Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come.
    (Mar 13:32-33 NASB)

    The groomsman would run ahead of the groom sounding the shofar, and shout that he was coming. While the father’s head was turned, the groom would steal the bride. Then the wedding party went back to the groom’s house to meet the guests. Jesus Himself said that He would come as a thief.

    For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.
    (1Th 4:16-17 NASB)

    Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning. And you yourselves be like men who wait for their lord, whenever he shall return from the wedding, so that when he comes and knocks, they may open to him immediately. Blessed are those servants whom the lord will find watching when he comes. Truly I say to you that he shall gird himself and make them recline; and coming up he will serve them. And if he comes in the second watch, or comes in the third watch, and find it so, blessed are those servants. And know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and would not have allowed his house to be dug through. Therefore be ready also, for the Son of Man comes at an hour when you think not.
    (Luk 12:35-40 MKJV)

    This has really been on my heart. To be watchful of the Lord’s coming and to live every minute of the day anticipating Jesus’ immanent return with our lamps light is not a suggestion but a command.

    Then shall the kingdom of Heaven be likened to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. The foolish ones took their lamps, but took no oil with them. But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes! Go out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, Give us some of your oil, for our lamps have gone out. But the wise answered, saying, No, lest there be not enough for us and you. But rather go to those who sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came. And they who were ready went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut. Afterwards the other virgins came also, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Truly I say to you, I do not know you. Therefore watch, for you do not know either the day or the hour in which the Son of Man comes.
    (Mat 25:1-13 MKJV)

    I do not believe that the Lord sent an angel to me in a dream which I re-post here if the time were not short:

    I had a dream early the morning of 04/29/2012. In the dream my wife and I were in bed sleeping and it was very late. Our door bell rang and I remember saying to my wife, “who would be ringing our doorbell at this late hour. We both got up to see who it was. What was odd was that each of us had an old fashioned hurricane lamp, the kind you fill with oil, as our light . When we opened the front door, we saw an angel standing there with a jug of oil in his hands. He filled our lamps and told us that the time is short.

    • I Love the ties of the Ancient Jewish Wedding to the coming of our Lord! It amazes me. And Wow what a dream to have. Knowing the Angel of the Lord is filling your lamp and knocking at the door. I believe the time is at hand at well. I just love it! Come Lord Come! 🙂

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