June 16, 2015 - A. V. Rauf
A September to Remember (You May be in a Festive Mood After Reading This!)
The summer solstice heralds the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The timing of the summer solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its northernmost point of the equator. This year, the summer begins with the solstice on June 21 at 12:38 P.M. EDT. My guess is that it should be an interesting summer and the second half of this year will also be prophetically significant as 2016, an election year in the U.S., to say the least approaches.
Looking into the fall it is evident that the month of September may be a very intriguing month. There are a series of events that will take place in this month that I believe are of utmost prophetic significance and if anything merit a call to prayer perhaps. Needless to say, God is still in control and nothing comes as a surprise to Him:
Colossians 1:16-17—For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Nonetheless, here is what’s forthcoming:
Item # 1: September 13th – This is Elul 29 on the Hebrew calendar – the last day of the Shemitah year. On this date we have had major stock market crashes on the last day of the previous two Shemitah cycles, which were in 2001 and 2008.
On September 17th, 2001, we witnessed the greatest one day stock market crash in U.S. history up until that time. This day was also Elul 29 on the Hebrew Calendar. The Dow plummeted 684 points, and it was a record that held for exactly seven years until the end of the next Shemitah cycle.
On September 29th, 2008,which again was also Elul 29 on the Hebrew calendar , the Dow fell by an astounding 777 points, which still today remains the greatest one day stock market crash of all time.
So as we now are approaching the end of another Shemitah year, is the stock poised for another record breaking crash on on near the end of this next cycle?
Item # 2:
This September, the 70th session of the UN General Assembly will convene. It is being reported that France plans to introduce a resolution which would give formal UN Security Council recognition to a Palestinian state. The important point to make here is that in the past, the United States has always been the one blocking such a resolution, but it is very apparent that under the current leadership, that this may no longer be the case.
Zechariah 12:2-3—Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
Joel 3:1-2—For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
Now that the Vatican has formally recognized a Palestinian state, there is a tremendous amount of international pressure for precisely such a UN Security Council resolution. Keep in mind that 136 countries already formally recognize a Palestinian state. Those 136 nations have a combined estimated population of more than 5.5 billion people.
As of this moment, the major holdouts are the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and most of Europe. However, most of the European nations have stated that they are ready to recognize a Palestinian state if the United States will. Can you imagine what may happen if Palestine is recognized as a state as early as this fall?
Item # 3: Speaking of the Vatican, it appears as if the current pope will align himself with the environmental movement and its objectives. Also in September, the United Nations plans to launch a new sustainable development agenda for this entire globe. In addition to the environment, it also includes provisions regarding economics, agriculture, education and gender equality. On September 25th, the Pope will travel to New York to give a major speech kicking off the UN conference where this new agenda will be unveiled. He will also be the first pope to conduct a joint meeting with the U. S. Congress. Perhaps the pope may want to influence Republicans in Washington with his remarks. Most Republicans on Capitol Hill deny climate change is a man-made phenomenon and have opposed regulatory efforts by the Obama administration.
Item # 4: For the technically inclined, CERN restarted the Large Hadron Collider earlier this year. It was reported that perhaps there was a link between the LHC and a spike in recent earthquakes around the globe. The magnetic field of the LHC, the strongest on planet Earth, may have caused disturbances on the Earth’s magnetic field which in turn caused the earthquakes.
In the fall of 2015 CERN will begin colliding groups of 70 million lead hadrons at 287 tev, unpacking millions of quarks in each collision. Those quarks will be first accelerated at light speed, acquiring relativistic mass, becoming heavier strange quarks, the substance of a strange quark-gluon soup called a stranglet. This year the LHC is set for running at almost double the energy of the LHC’s first run. This machine has firing up to generate a magnetic field that is 100,000 times more powerful than Earth’s! Is it possible that the Large Hadron Collider could open a doorway to an extra dimension?
Item # 5: The date for the last of the four blood moons will fall near the end of the month on September 29, 2015. And according to the Hebrew calendar, it will fall on a festival date this year. This blood moon falls on the very first day of the Feast of Tabernacles. This moon will be visible in Jerusalem. As for the Feast of Trumpets, NASA’s website predicts a partial solar eclipse will occur on the 13th of September 2015, and will be visible in South Africa and Antarctica. (REMEMBER THIS DATE…)
The interesting aspect of this occurrence deals with Jesus Christ fulfilling the feasts of Israel. The feasts describe the two comings , if you will, of Jesus Christ.
Leviticus 23:1-4—And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings. These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.
The Hebrew translated as “holy convocations” actually means
“rehearsals”. These feasts then were appointed times of rehearsals for events that were to occur in the future.
The four spring feasts describe the first coming of Jesus. He
sacrificed Himself on the Feast of Passover, was buried on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, was resurrected on the Feast of First Fruits, and He sent the Holy Spirit on the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost).
Jesus is the Passover Lamb of God:
John 1:29-31—The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
Jesus is the Unleavened Bread of Life:
John 6:47-51—Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
Jesus is the First Fruits:
1 Corinthians 15:12-23—Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
Jesus sent the Holy Spirit on the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost):
Acts 2:1-4–And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Because Jesus’ fulfillment of the spring feasts is so exact, it seems
highly plausible that He may also fulfill the remaining fall feasts. Howbeit, this may be fulfilled at His Second Coming.
Thus, there remain three fall feasts:
The Feast of Trumpets (also referred to as Rosh HaShanah)
The Feast of Atonement
The Feast Tabernacles
The Feast of Trumpets is also called Rosh HaShanah or “the head of the year”. Jewish people celebrate this day as the day of the creation of the world.
Matthew 24:30-32—And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
The catching away of those who believe in Jesus, commonly referred to as “the rapture”, is clearly associated with the sound of the trumpet:
I Thessalonians 4:13-18—But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
I Corinthians 15:50-53—Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
Following the patterns suggested by the fall feasts, it is highly probable that Jesus will come to catch away His bride to Heaven (fulfilling the Feast of Trumpets) for seven years during the tribulation (the Days of Awe) and will celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (fulfilling the Jewish wedding ceremony). He will then return to earth to judge and cleanse the people (fulfilling the Day of Atonement) and establish His kingdom on earth (fulfilling the Feast of Tabernacles).
Folks, I am simply presenting to you a pattern as well as a convergence of events that are of undeniable prophetic significance. PLEASE UNDERSTAND UPFRONT THAT BY NO MEANS AM I DECLARING THAT THE RAPTURE WILL OCCUR THIS FALL. I am not trying to set a date for His return. However, if and that is a “BIG” if these events are racing towards the onset of the Tribulation period, then perhaps this just might be a September to remember………
Matthew 24:42-46—-Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.