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!