Understanding the set time: Jewish idioms and Jewish wedding traditions
*Acts 1:7 “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.”
*1Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes.
*Matthew 8:29 “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”
*Zephaniah 2:2 before the appointed time arrives and that day sweeps on like chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD comes upon you, before the day of the LORD’s wrath comes upon you.
*Habakkuk 2:3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false.
*Daniel 11:35 Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.
*Daniel 8:19 I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end. (Or because the end will be at the appointed time).
*Note: The time of the end is appointed and fixed, it is carved in stone so to speak (just like the 10 commandments). And if you noticed in Zephaniah 2:2 above it is called “the day of the LORD”
*Luke 19:44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.
*The Jews did not recognize the 1st coming of Jesus with terrible consequences, will we be as naive of his 2nd coming and end time events?
God expects us to know His plan and timeline concerning end time events and we are to be proclaiming “behold, I know them, the timing of the Second Coming and end time events!” In fact, God did tell us everything in advance through prophecy.
Throughout history there have been very few men who, when studying the Holy prophets, have understood the timing in which they lived and had the faith to act on the revelation of God’s word. The prophet Daniel and John the Baptist just to name a couple. Daniel studied the prophecies of Jeremiah and knew he was living at the end of Israel’s captivity and the rebuilding of the Second Temple. And he was right on target. John the Baptist understood the prophesies of Daniel and knew he was living at the moment destined for the Messiah’s first coming. As a result, John the Baptist gave his life to proclaiming, “the Kingdom of God is at hand!” and John was right on target.
*(Note: The Jews believe there is the suffering Messiah ben Joseph and the exalted Messiah ben David. This is why John the Baptist asked the question in Luke 7:19 “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”)
*Will you be ever hearing but never understanding; will you be ever seeing but never perceiving?
Jesus spoke to the people in parables! Blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear (from Matthew 13). Most Christians tell me “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” from Matthew 24:36 and Mark 13:32. But this is just another “parable” a Jewish idiom in fact.
Prophecy 19) Does Jesus come on a “day that no one knows the day or hour, but my father in heaven”? After providing detail upon detail concerning His “Second Coming” in Matthew Chapter 24, Jesus said and meant literally we don’t know the exact “day” or “hour”. You see, Jesus was using a Jewish Idiom for the Feast of Trumpets and the Marriage Feast of the Lamb. Jesus was confirming God’s feast cycle and in fact telling when He would return. Jesus was not telling us we did not know rather the exact opposite that we already knew.
The Bible, when understood, says Jesus returns on the Feast of Trumpets, which occurs sometime over a two-day period based on the timing of the new moon. “No one knows the day or hour” was a Jewish Idiom for that feast.
And the statement “but my father in Heaven” is a Jewish Idiom for the Jewish marriage feast! The Feast of Tabernacles represents the marriage feast between the Messiah and his bride typically thought to be the “church“. Jesus, a Jewish Rabbi, was simply re-stating what his Jewish audience already knew and expected Him to confirm. His Jewish audience understood that Jesus was telling them He returns on the Feast of trumpets followed by the Feast of Tabernacles according to God’s Feast Cycle. It is only the “western” Church that does not understand the meaning of these Idioms.
Prophecy 20) If anyone would ask the Jewish man when is the wedding, he would say “ask my father only he knows” because the Jewish man is traditionally adding a room on to his father’s house for him and his betrothed to live in and only his father can say when it is ready. This was the normal practice for the Jews. That statement was a traditional response.
*John 14:2-3 “In my Father’s house are many rooms” “I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me”.
Prophecy 21) When it came time for a Jewish wedding to take place the bridegroom would take a host of people with Him, go out at midnight sound the blast by blowing the shofar (hollowed out rams “horn”) letting his bride know he had come for her. All this Jewish cultural evidence points to the Feast of Trumpets being the appointed time. Just the same way the Jewish man would go out at midnight and call for his bride.
If you have a “red letter addition” bible go to Matthew 24:36 where Jesus says no man knows the hour, now notice that Jesus is still speaking and is still in “red letters” in the same conversation with the same people and he says in Matthew 25:6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’. Who is the bridegroom? isn’t it Jesus? isn’t the hour midnight? Isn’t it Jesus himself speaking telling us the hour?
*Matthew 25:6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
*Rosh Hashanah, the feast of trumpets, is also Yom Ha-Zikkaron ”the Jewish day of remembrance“. Luke 22:19 Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” another “clue” to his coming on the feast of trumpets.
To the dead church in Sardis in Revelation 3 Jesus tells them wake up or he will come like a thief and they won’t know when. In 1Thessalonians 5 Paul says he will come as a thief, yes, to those in darkness, not to the sons of light, there will be no suprise to those awake and who dilligently seek Yehovah (God) and obey his commands, then his spirit, will guide you into all truth and will tell you what is yet to come (John 16:13).
The priest of the temple in Jerusalem and the captain of the guard were known as “a thief in the night” It was the priests job to keep the fire in the temple going thru the night, if he fell asleep the captain of the guard would use his torch to light the priest’s white garment on fire, the priest would tear off his garment exposing his nakedness in shame. Again a Jewish cultural idiom teaching us a spiritual truth from a physical reality, we see white garments representing the righteous acts of the saints, nakedness is always related to harlotry or false worship like mystery Babylon, the fire going out is like the 5 virgins running out of oil and oil represents the holy spirit which keeps us burning and not sleeping especially when there is the harvest of the world to take care of.
The “thief” (Jesus) steals from the house (the church/the house of God) what is of greatest value (his bride) many scholars call this the rapture.
Chapter 6 Isn’t there a 7 year tribulation before Jesus comes the 2nd time?:
The seventy weeks prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27 has most Bible scholars reserving the seventieth week for the 7 year tribulation with “the great tribulation” for the last 3.5 years after the antichrist sets up the abomination of desolation 1290 days before the end of the 7 years. This is simply all wrong , it was Jesus who was confirming a covenant and put an end to sacrifice and offering in the middle of the 70th week of Daniel 9 (see above between prophecy 13 and 14). And I know it was/is the pope in Rome that has set up the abomination that causes desolation on a wing of the shrine/temple, specifically the statue that was renamed Peter as it originally was the statue of Jupiter or Zeus and is now in the “shrine” in the Vatican state. (see my prophecy #3 on 1260 days/years above). The key to understanding the “1260 days”, “42 months” and “time, times and half a time” is that they are all the same period of time, starting and ending at the same time and are almost completely history now and will completely end with the day of the LORD which is the 2nd coming of Jesus. A day is a year in bible prophecy as seen in Isaiah 34:8, 61:2, 63:4 and Numbers 14:34, Ezekiel 4:5-6.
For those who believe they will know when the 2nd coming of Christ will be based on the future abomination of desolation being set up by the antichrist (with his “new world order”) in the 3rd temple 1290 days before the 2nd coming, they are in for a surprise when Christ shows up, as this simply will never happen in the future, it is almost all history now. Another good reason is that the bible clearly tells us in Daniel 2:44 “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed. Meaning there will be no new world order!
*Daniel 9:27 He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.
So with the 70th week of Daniel 9:27 being history where does that leave us? God always works in patterns and especially “sevens” as in 7 days in a week, 7 holy months, a week of months, from Nisan to Tishri containing his 7 feast days and 7 years ending with a sabbath year, a week of years. My research does show a final week of years culminating with a Sabbath year, followed by a Jubilee year and “the day/year of the LORD”. This is good news in the sense that there is no “7 year tribulation” and no “3.5 year great tribulation”, although there certainly are “birth pains” as we see in my prophecy #7, unfortunately the day/year of the LORD will more than make up for the lack of tribulation and shall be the 1 year long ”great tribulation” as spoken of by Jesus in Matthew 24:21, followed by the 7 days of the 7 bowls of wrath between Rosh Hashana and the day of Atonement.
*The quote below shows that Jewish thought believes in a final 7 year Sabbath cycle they call it a Shmita cycle: Our Rabbis taught: in the seven year cycle at the end of which the son of David will come-in the first year, this verse will be fulfilled: And I will cause it to rain upon one city and cause it not to rain upon another city; in the second, the arrows of hunger will be sent forth; in the third, a great famine, in the course of which men, women, and children, pious men and saints will die, and the Torah will be forgotten by its students; in the fourth, partial plenty; in the fifth, great plenty, when men will eat, drink and rejoice, and the Torah will return to its disciples; in the sixth, [Heavenly] sounds; in the seventh, wars; and at the conclusion of the septennate the son of David will come (the first year of the next Shmita cycle). R. Joseph demurred: But so many septennates have passed, yet has he not come! — Abaye retorted: Were there then [Heavenly] sounds in the sixth and wars in the seventh! Moreover, have they [sc. the troubles] been in this order!
prophecy 23) *I cannot say they have been in the above order as in the 6th year but we certainly have “heavenly sounds” like shofar/trumpets around the world.