The return to earth of Jesus Christ as described in Matthew 24:30-31, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, and Revelation 19:11-21; will be a very noisy and glorious event. It begins with Jesus descending with a shout, the loud proclamation of the archangel, and the sounding of great trumpets calling Christians, both dead and alive, to rise up and come join Jesus in the clouds.
Then, when everyone is assembled, Jesus and the armies of Heaven will come down and conquer all the rebellious and ungodly armies of the antichrist or the beast, those people who took their mark, and the people who killed Christians because of their testimony of salvation through Jesus. After conquering anything that rebells against God and His principles for living, Jesus will set up His earthly kingdom based on God’s principles for leadership and living.
Since this glorious event has been the great future hope of Christians ever since Jesus ascended into Heaven, many Christians have been watching for His return by studying the prophecies that Jesus made about the events that would happen just before He would come again.
To help people study those passages, a lot of Christian theologians and teachers have written many books and articles, given many sermons, and held many prophecy seminars which describe their ideas about what will happen in the last days before Jesus returns.
In my decades of studing this subject and reading many of those books as well as going to some of the prophecy seminars, I have found that while some people have good ideas as they try to explain the prophetic scriptures, there are other people who either try to force the traditions of their church or belief system on the Scriptures and then say that they got those beliefs out of them or they create fantasy stories that have little basis in Scriptural teachings.
As a result of seeing these problems, I have gone back to studying what the Scriptures actually say will happen. In this process I found what seemed to be a puzzling verse just after the great rapture passage found in 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17. In the opening verse of chapter five the Apostle Paul declares: “Now as to the times and epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you.”
I think that in that verse, Paul is hinting at the idea that some people in the early Christian Church may have figured out what time or season that the just mentioned rapture event would take place.
In order to find out what that maybe, I studied the Jewish background of the early Messianic Jewish Christians and made a remarkable discovery. Since they were keeping the Biblical feasts like good Jewish people were, they may have seen how Jesus fulfilled all but one of those feasts by major events in His life.
Jesus was really born on The Feast of Tabernacles, fulfilling God’s great desire to tabernacle and live with His people. Jesus fulfilled The Day Of Atonement when He died on the cross as the spotless Lamb of God, thus becoming the perfect Passover sacrifice. Jesus fulfilled the Feast of First Fruits when God raised Him from the dead. Then, on the Feast of Pentecost, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to live inside of His disciples to give them the power to live according to God’s principles found in the Bible.
Thus, the feast that Jesus didn’t fulfill was The Feast of Trumpets. The central part of this feast is the blowing of trumpets or shofars which call people to repentance so they can have a good relationship with God and be ready for God’s judgement on the Day of Atonement.
That sounds like a parallel to what the above mentioned Scriptures say will happen when Jesus returns. However, this time after the great trumpets sound, there will be no time to get ready for God’s judgement because it is coming quickly.
I found more interesting parallels in the book, The Encyclopedia Of Jewish Symbols. On page 140 of this book, it states that The Mishnah claims that the whole world is judged on The Feast of Trumpets. This is similar to how the whole world will be judged when Jesus returns.
Another parallel found in this book is how Jewish scholars call The Feast of Trumpets the birthday of the world since it was created on the same day that the feast occurs. Consequently, if Jesus returned on that day and restored God’s principles for living as the ruling standards, then the day could be called the rebirthday of the world.
Even though Jesus said in Matthew 24:36 that only God the Father knows the day when Jesus will come back to earth, when we use the information in this article that we can at least know the season when that glorious event might occur.
Therefore, as we see the Jewish people and the Messianic Jewish people celebrating The Feast of Trumpets on Wednesday September 28th, let us celebrate the day with them since this may be the time in the future when the great trumpets sound and we see Jesus coming back to earth.