Today is September 6, 2018

Verse of the Day — John 6:44

No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draws him . . .


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

To understand truth, God must reveal truth to you.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

Before anyone becomes a Christian, they are totally lost.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God —Romans 3:23

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
—Psalm 51:5

They have no understanding of spiritual truths.

But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. —1 Corinthians 2:14

Then God draws them to Him by revealing truth.

Now we have received . . . the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God. —1 Corinthians 2:12

When God begins to draw someone to Him, their sinful, personal will becomes a stumbling block.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God —Romans 3:23

They must accept the truth revealed to them by a Holy God.

For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. —1 Corinthians 2:10

To trust the Lord as their Savior, they must surrender their will. They can’t trust an argument or be persuaded by clever speech.

For it is written,
“I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE,
AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.”
—1 Corinthians 1:19

They must have no confidence in their own works, only in God.

Their banquets are accompanied by lyre and harp, by tambourine and flute, and by wine;
But they do not pay attention to the deeds of the LORD,
Nor do they consider the work of His hands.
—Isaiah 5:12

. . . we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; —2 Corinthians 1:9


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

Could you explain the fascination by many Christians over the Jewish feast Rosh Hashanah? I have a friend who lives for this date each year.


ANSWER:

It is a THEORY, but your friend has some great Scripture to back up his interest. Many Christians believe that, whatever year the Lord removes the Holy Spirit at Rapture, it will occur during the Jewish feast Rosh Hashanah. The theory is not without merit.

There are seven Jewish feasts commanded by God to be celebrated each year. The first three are in the spring (April or May) in succession: Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits. Fifty days after Firstfruits is the Feast of Weeks. Then there is a break until fall (September or October), and three more feasts are scheduled: Feast of Trumpets (the Hebrew word is Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown on September 9 in 2018), ten days later the Day of Atonement, and five days later the Feast of Tabernacles.

This is the interesting part. The first three major events for Christians—Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection—fell EXACTLY on the first three feasts. And the symbolism of the feasts appears to be beyond coincidence.

  • While Passover was being celebrated, which included the slaying of an unblemished Lamb, Jesus was being slain on the cross.

    Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. —1 Corinthians 5:7
  • The feast that followed, Unleavened Bread, is a picture of sanctification, as Jesus was buried. Leaven is representative of sin, of which Jesus had none.
  • And then the feast of Firstfruits, to be celebrated on the morning AFTER the first Sabbath following the feast of Unleavened Bread (Sunday), is symbolic of Jesus being the first of the firstfruits.

    “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘When you enter the land which I am going to give to you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest. He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD for you to be accepted; on the day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.'” —Leviticus 23:10-11

    But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming —1 Corinthians 15:23

Even more interesting, the next big event for Christians was the coming of the Holy Spirit. And it fell EXACTLY on the next feast 50 days later, on what Christians call Pentecost. The symbolism is again obvious as two loaves of bread are offered, which is a picture of the Old and New Testament. In this feast the bread is offered WITH leaven, reminding us that we still have a sin nature.

The theory therefore concludes that if the first four major events of the New Testament Church happened on the first four Jewish feasts, then the next big event would fall on the next scheduled feast—the Feast of Trumpets, or Rosh Hashanah. Again, the symbolism is seemingly beyond coincidence as this is to be a day of regathering and rejoicing.

For additional information on the topic of the timing of the Rapture, Compass published an article in our monthly eNews titled Is the Rapture in September? You can read this eNews article by clicking on the title below:

Is The Rapture In September?

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