This evening at sundown the shofar will blow, signaling the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish civil New Year. Jewish people around the world will celebrate one of the most joyful days of the year.
Biblically speaking, though, it is the Feast of Trumpets…also a most joyful time! If you follow this blog, or have heard Biblical teaching regarding the seven major feasts of Israel, you know that each feast points to Jesus, the Messiah…and Jesus fulfills each one.
But consider this: the four spring feasts…Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of First Fruits and Pentecost…have already been fulfilled.
- Jesus was the Passover Lamb, sacrificed for our sins.
- Jesus was striped, bruised and pierced for our transgression, symbolized by unleavened bread.
- Jesus was the First Fruit, raised from the dead to redeem us from the curse of death. We will follow Him in resurrection. (Keep reading to understand!)
- Jesus ascended to heaven, leaving us the Holy Spirit to guide us.
Yes, Jesus has fulfilled those feasts! However, the feasts of Israel are God’s calendar, so we need to examine what comes next.
The Feast of Trumpets, the celebration of which begins at sundown, is highly significant. The Bible tells us:
Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
~1 Corinthians 15:51-57 (Emphasis mine)
Dear friends, when that trumpet sounds, we (believers) will be snatched out of this world to meet Jesus in the air. (That is called the rapture.) Death has no reign. Just as Jesus was raised from the dead, so we who die before the rapture will be resurrected to eternal life.
God’s calendar is 100% accurate. Jesus was the sacrificial Lamb, He was pierced and bruised for our transgressions, He was the first to raise from the dead (preparing the way for us), and He left the promised Holy Spirit to guide us. We are awaiting the next event…the trumpet, signaling the rapture!
If you are reading this and do not know Jesus as your savior, today is the day. We don’t know when the rapture will occur, but it could literally be any moment. It is the next thing on God’s calendar, and those who miss it will be left to endure the tribulation…hell on earth, followed by eternal hell in a place beyond what can even be imagined. Don’t miss your opportunity.
The Bible says:
- God loved you enough to sacrifice His Son for YOU. (John 3:16, John 10:10)
- We are all sinful and separated from God by that sin. (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23)
- Jesus died in your place (and mine!), and is the ONLY suitable sacrificial (sinless) Lamb. (Romans 5:8, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, John 14:6, 2 Corinthians 5:21)
- You must individually invite Him and receive Him to be YOUR Savior, and in doing so, He will willingly receive you! (John 1:12, Ephesians 2:4-10, Revelation 3:20)
There is someone reading this RIGHT NOW who is struggling to find meaning in life. If that is YOU, stop what you are doing and read each of the verses linked above. Then, pray this simple prayer, inviting Jesus to be your Savior:
Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Amen
Those words are not magic, but if you prayed sincerely, asking Jesus to do those very things, you ARE now a child of God! Welcome to the family….and keep your ears open for that trumpet sound!
PS: The best thing you can do now is tell a Christian friend, or go to a Bible-teaching church and let them know that you prayed that prayer. We all need help to grow in our new lives and that’s where you will find it!
Be blessed my friend!