Day 5 – A prophetically marked year!
Today is September 11, and for those of us here in the United States, it’s not a normal day at all. It’s a day that already lives in infamy. Twenty years ago today, September 11, 2001, our nation and the course of world history changed forever.
Following the events of that day, as I stood at the foot of what was once the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, being one of the only gospel preachers permitted at New York’s Ground Zero to pray, I was compelled to remind America and the world that tomorrow is promised to no one.
This is a day we look back and remember every person who was lost, we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to save others, and we pray for the Spirit of revival to convict the hearts of every person in our country to turn back to Jesus Christ, the God of their salvation.
This is also the fifth day of the “10 Days of Awe” … a time of reflection for God’s people down through the ages, for remembering what God has done for His people throughout history and for each of us individually over the last year.
But this fall Atonement season of Tabernacles is also a time to look forward —
to the return of our King and to all the blessings He has in store for us while we wait patiently.
While Jesus declares we cannot know the day or the hour of His return (Matt. 24:36), we can and must
know the season.
Jesus said in Luke 21:25, of the season of His coming, “There will be signs in the sun and the moon and the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;”
When we inspect history, we find that the fall season of Atonement and Tabernacles is no stranger to exactly that type of turmoil:
All the signs are in place marking this Atonement season of Tabernacles!
- As I mentioned earlier, the 9/11 terrorist attacks happened during this season – 20 years ago today.
- The turmoil in Afghanistan and the middle east we have witnessed unfolding over the last several weeks before our very eyes.
- More hurricanes take place as we approach this prophetic season than at any other time — even now, our Bridge of Hope team of First-Responders are providing food, water, and essential emergency supplies to victims of a 7.2 Magnitude earthquake in Haiti and those impacted in Louisiana from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ida — both events just a few short days ago. Tens of thousands are still impacted by both disasters.
- The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage on and has begun to spike once again as we approached this prophetically marked season.
My friend, I believe the rapture will happen during the season of Tabernacles as we approach the Day of Atonement – whether this year (come, Lord Jesus!) or another year.
Time does not restrict God or limit Him in any way. He always does things in their proper season to fulfil a particular purpose. He instructed the children of Israel to observe three seasons of celebration involving seven different feasts. Each of these celebrations had a purpose, and each of them had prophetic impact as well.
The first of the feasts to be commemorated is Passover, held in the spring. It was instituted by God in Exodus 12 as a means for a nation in bondage to remember the great deliverance God gave them in bringing them out of slavery in Egypt. The Passover season also included two other feasts: Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits.
During Passover, the households of Israel were commanded to kill a lamb in the evening on the fourteenth day of the first month. They were to take the blood and place it on the doorposts and the lintel of their house. By doing so, they would give evidence of their faith in God, and death would not touch them.
Let me take time now and make sure you know the most important truth of Passover: the true Lamb of God is Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, who, like Israel’s sacrificial lambs, died at Passover! Every Passover celebrated through the centuries points to Him.
Indeed, the heart of our message as Christians is that the Lamb of God has been slain for the sins of the world, and this same Lamb now reigns in heaven. Paul declared it for all time: “For Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed” (1 Corinthians 5:7).
The next feast season stands on its own in the summer and marked the start of the wheat harvest. It was the first day after seven Sabbaths – 50 days – following Passover, and became known as The Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost.
The Feast of Weeks was a grand celebration of the bounty of the Lord, a rejoicing in His bountiful harvest that He brought to them every year at this time. But the Feast of Weeks was much more than the celebration of a rich harvest. It is also a celebration of the giving of the Torah – the instruction and revelation of God – to His people.
According to Acts 2:1-4, the great fulfillment of this feast was on the Day of Pentecost. Just as the Feast of Weeks was 50 days after Passover, the Holy Spirit was poured out on the 120 believers gathered in one-accord in a house in Jerusalem 50 days after Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross.
The third season of feasts is in the fall, and also consisted of three separate feasts that were held in close proximity to one another. This season included the Feast of Trumpets, the great Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles.
This is the season we are in right now!
First, the Feast of Trumpets involved the blowing of the shofar to announce a solemn assembly and a time of repentance.
Second, on the most important day – God’s Holiest day of the year – the Day of Atonement, the high priest went into the Holy of Holies to offer sacrifices for all Israel before the presence of the Lord.
Last came the Feast of Tabernacles, when the families of Israel were commanded to live in temporary dwellings for 7 days, symbolizing God’s presence during their wilderness wanderings, and their thankfulness for permanent homes in the promised land.
Now here is something to note: this third great season on God’s timetable has not yet been fulfilled!
What is it that God has in mind for this season of the year? Could THIS be the year this Holy season is commemorated by the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ in the clouds to receive His own in the rapture? Perhaps!
And even if this isn’t the year – according to the prophet Joel – God pours out seven blessings on those who heed His commands!
- Financialoverflow (Like the threshing floor of Joel 2:24)!
- What you’ve lost – RESTORED(Joel 2:25)!
- An explosion of miracles(“wondrously,” Jesus says in Joel 2:26)!
- The divine presence of JesusHimself! (Joel 2:27)
- Increased revelationknowledge – with angels camped around your children (Joel 2:28)!
- Deliverance from whatever has blocked your victory (Joel 2:32)!
- A DOUBLE portionfrom the Lord (Joel 2:23) … TWICE the power of every blessing!
Either way … WE WIN
and the devil loses! No wonder this season is so wrought with chaos! The devil knows his time is short, and he knows this could be the year
Rejoice! Whether this year or another year, Christ the King is coming back very soon! It’s our job to make ourselves and our loved ones ready, and to let the world know.
If you haven’t yet done so, be sure to send me your prayer requests
and sow your Atonement Offering in faith
! Please hurry! I want to make sure they’re here before the sun sets on the Day of Atonement, Thursday, September 16.
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Yours for the harvest,
Pastor Rod Parsley