Day And Hour

Last Saturday’s rapture-faux-pas gave way to strong feelings in Christians that vehemently disagreed with the timing and date.
Though I wonder just how much Christians do know.
The pat answer to such predictions is “no one knows the day or hour!”
While I make no claims to an exact date and certainly not the hour, I believe the Bible tells us the day that Jesus will return.
Most will quote saying “day OR hour” but Matthew 24:36-38 says “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
We cannot separate nor change what Jesus has said; that day and hour.
Again, Jesus said that no one knows that day AND hour, which is a combination of the two; not just a day; not just an hour.
Nor does this say date.
So is it then possible to know just the day?
That is the question I have often asked myself.

Everything Jesus did was to fulfill scripture. You’ll often find a phrase like the one in Matthew 8:17 – …that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet…
To fulfill scripture, Jesus had to do many things in a specific way.
Jesus came and died on a specific day – Passover.
When instituted in before the exodus from Egypt, a lamb of the first year, without spot and blemish was to be used.
No bones were to be broken and none of it was to be left until morning.
Its blood spread on the door posts and lintel would protect the occupants of that home.
Jesus fulfills this requirement and did it on Passover.
Peter says that we are redeemed with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 1 Peter 1:19
Passover is the only day He could lay down His life and become the Passover Lamb. 1 Cor 5:7 – For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
I remember asking a Christian lady if Jesus could have died on August 17th. Her reply may echo the knowledge of most of the church.
She replied, “If that’s what God wanted to do!”
But it isn’t what God wanted to do or what God did.
Passover is on the 14th of Nissan (Jewish calendar) and it is every year. It does not change.
It is the only day that would parallel and fulfill God’s plan for salvation.

God also said in Ex 23:15 – You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
Leaven is symbolic of sin but Christ is sinless (unleavened).
1 Cor 5:7-8 – For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Jesus is the unleavened bread (John 6:51 – I am the living bread which came down from heaven.)
I believe Jesus fulfills the Feast of Unleavened Bread, observed the same week as Passover.

He was resurrected on a certain day; another fulfillment of Jesus is the Feast of Firstfruits – Lev 23:9-11 – And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
10 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you come into the land which I give to you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest.
11 He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.
Paul says in 1 Cor 15:20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Jesus promised in John 14:16, “I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.”
This Helper is the Holy Spirit which came on another Feast Day. Lev 23:15-16 – And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed.
16 Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the LORD.
This 50 day count will bring us to Pentecost, thus the fulfillment by Jesus.
After His resurrection and before Pentecost Jesus said this; Acts 1:4-8 – And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
10 days later when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:1-4

Since Jesus fulfilled the spring feast of Passover (Pesach), Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, and Pentecost (Shavu’ot), is there any reason to believe He will not fulfill the fall feasts of Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teru’ah), Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and Tabernacles (Sukkot)?

Jesus will fulfill all scripture because Jesus is the Word of God.
He said, “I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” Matt 5:18

The Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teru’ah)
Lev 23:23-24 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
24 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.
On this day the trumpets can be blown 100 times or more.
The word Teru’ah actually means “shouting or a great noise”.
I remind you of what God’s word says in 1 Thess 4:16-17 – For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
And again it says in 1 Cor 15:51-52 – Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed —
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

The sound of the shofar (trumpet) blares on Yom Teru’ah.
There are four primary types of shofar blasts:
Tekiah – A long single blast (the sound of the King’s coronation)
Shevarim – Three short wail-like blasts (signifying repentance)
Teru’ah – Nine staccato blasts of alarm (to awaken the soul)
Tekiah ha-Gadol – A great long blast (for as long as you can blow!
The last long blast is known as the last trumpet.

It would seem to me that our Savior will return to fulfill the Feast of Trumpets with the resurrection of the dead in Christ and the change of the living in Christ, also known as the rapture.

I remind you of the words of Jesus;
Matt 24:36-37 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
Mark 13:32 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Matthew mentions the days of Noah after the “day and hour” statement.
Though Luke doesn’t mention the “day and hour”, he does mention the “days of Noah”
Luke 17:22-30
22 Then He said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it.
23 And they will say to you,’Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ Do not go after them or follow them.
24 For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day.
25 But first He must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
26 And as it was in the days of Noah , so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:
27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
28 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;
29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.
30 Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.

Can we know the day? I say we can.
Can we know the day and the hour? I say we cannot.
Remember how Jesus said, “as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
This is what happened in Noah’s day; after he had finished the ark, God said, “For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.” Gen 7:4
Noah knew when it would flood. God told him in 7 days.
The ones that positively did not know the day were those that perished in the flood.
Matt 24:39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

Did Noah know the day? Yes…in 7 days…
Did Noah know the time? No! He obeyed God by being prepared on the 7th day.

What about Lot? Luke 17:28-29 28 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;
29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.

The Genesis account carries more details:
Gen 19:12-16
Then the men said to Lot , “Have you anyone else here? Son-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whomever you have in the city — take them out of this place!
13 For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the LORD, and the LORD has sent us to destroy it.”
14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, “Get up, get out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city!” But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking.
15 When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying,”Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.”
16 And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.

Lot did not know when the day and hour of destruction would come but it was revealed to him befor it happened. He often sat at the city gate and watch, which is where he met the 2 messengers of God.
He was warned in vss 12-13 to warn others of the destruction to come.

I make no claim to tell you the exact day and time that Jesus will return. I believe He will fulfill the next feast of Yom Teru’ah.
The time? Unknown.
One other thing about Yom Teru’ah, it is also known as Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year. It takes place in our Sept-Oct.
From what I understand, it is determined by the new moon (as all new months are).
The method is classic. Two men would go to the top of a high hill to look for the sliver of a new moon at sunset. (Deut 19:15 by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.)
They would look for the new moon and if seen, would run and tell the high priest.
If not, the two would return again the next evening.
Perhaps clouds obscured the view or the sunset was just too vivid to see the golden sliver of the new moon in the golden brilliance of the sunset.
If they returned the next evening they may easily see the new moon much higher in the sky than it should be, meaning that yesterday was the day.
Yom Teru’ah is celebrated on 2 consecutive days just because of this fact, but must be confirmed by the 2 witnesses, so no one really knows the day and the hour of that confirmation.

Now I have not named a date or time, or a day and time; I have just given my opinion on a day in which the Lord may fulfill Yom Teru’ah with the catching up of the dead in Christ and those that are living are changed and caught up with them.
That day may be this year or next; or the next!
Regardless of my study and belief; whether I am right or wrong, Jesus is returning and it gets closer every day!

2 thoughts on “Day And Hour

  1. Very good word & timely. It is always better to go to the scriptures and see the truth for ones self. Although, what you just brought out takes more time & study than one can do in a short time. Fast answers are preferrable. Not many are willing to search out an answer as you have here. How many blessing we miss out on…didn’t God say, “seek and ye shall find.”

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  2. I am looking for a church with this kind of truth teaching, what denomination is your church and where are you located? The Lord has lead us to look into the feast days the last few years and now we observe each of them in celebration of the prophecies that has been fulfilled in Christ’s first coming and the ones yet to be fulfilled in Christ upon His second coming. God Bless you for blogging this wonderful blog and showing so many the meaning behind the feast days!

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