The King Is Coming
Last week we celebrated the Feast of Trumpets, the only Feast where the people were commanded to blow the trumpet [Leviticus 23:23-24] and as I have written in the past, the signal of the ingathering. Yesterday, which in English is called the Day of Atonement or Day of Judgment and now on Sunday we start the weeklong celebrations of the Feasts of Tabernacles. [Leviticus 23:39] The glorious time of the end of God’s plan for all of humanity. Yes God has a plan a plan for all people and that plan starts and finishes with Him. [Isaiah 48:12] There was a beginning and there will be an ending, as all things must come to an end even this wonderful earth [2 Peter 3:10] the Lord made for us to live upon as we float through time and space.
As we age we are inclined to look back at our lives and remember the good times and the bad and sometimes the bad outweighs the good but should it? All bad times have been wiped away by the sacrifice of our Lord and He has given us a clean slate to be worked upon. We are here now because of the grace of God and His goodness. I know from my own life that if I dwelt on the bad things of the past and the near misses I have had then I would be a wreck. But instead I rejoice in the life I have had and that I have reached the age I have, as many of my friends have long passed from this world. We cannot look back to see what we did have, we have to look forward to what we can have, which is a great and wonderful future in the presence of our Lord God, [Revelation 5:9] Creator of all things and all we have in this world and what we will have in the next. [Psalm 146:6]
The first three feasts spoke of the love and concern God has for the people. He must have looked down upon the earth and wondered what He had done when He saw how the people were behaving. So once more He had to make that decision, destroy or be destroyed, what should He do? But out of love He chose the latter and died upon the cross for us all. When I think of that act alone, in all of the Word of God, I stand in awe that He would do that for me and for you. We are sinners redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, set free to worship and praise Him forever. [Revelation 22:14]
I felt last week to state the question I believe the Lord was asking, “Are we living our lives in a way that we are worthy of having our names written in the Book of Life? [2 Thessalonians 1:11] This week I believe the Lord is asking, Why are we always looking back at what did happen instead of looking forward to what will happen? The Church only celebrates two feasts and both of them take us back to the beginning. Each year there seems to be no progress made towards our future. A person gets up the front of the people and talks on what we have achieved and what we are to do and then along comes a Church feast and we are back at the beginning again. Then the whole cycle starts again and then along comes another Church feast and then back to the beginning, we seemed to be going around in a continuous circle.
I once cried out to the Lord as to why the people only came to church at easter and Christmas and didn’t want to know about what He was doing in Israel. The reply I received was, because all the Church focuses on are these two feasts. At this I nearly cried, as there is so much more to the story of the Lord and what He wants to do for us and for us to be aware of. Now even the Biblical Feasts of the Lord are being interpreted as looking at the past, many have taken the Feast of Tabernacles and turned it to the past. But it is not about the beginning it is about the ending.
At the birth of Yeshua He could not speak so the Angel’s spoke for Him, “Today a saviour for you has been born.” [Luke 2:10-11] He was born a Saviour, died as a Saviour but will return as a conquering King. [Revelation 5:5] He will come in His Glory to gather His people to Himself. This is not a time to keep looking over our shoulders to see what did happen it is a time to look forward to what will happen.
Is it that we are afraid of the future or is it a lie that we are being told by the evil one that we are always looking back? The Trumpet will sound, the Lord will come in His glory [Matthew 24:30-31] but will we notice that He is no longer a baby in a manger but a mighty warrior on a white horse the one with a Sword from His mouth as His Word sweeps across the earth. [Revelation 19:15] The One who is faithful and true, He is called the Word of God and is the KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS. [Revelation 19:11-16] This is the One who is coming. He may have come as a helpless babe but He grew up, taught the people what was to happen and they did not listen. He died for their sins and they did not see. He rose to be at the right hand of the Father and they did not understand.
The Holy Spirit was sent to reveal all truth but are we listening to the truth? Are we seeing His reality and do we understand what is about to happen? The final three feasts are a reality of the past, the presence and the future. The Feast of Trumpets - the Ingathering, God is speaking, the heralding of the King of kings, Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) when we stand at the Judgment seat of God, then the celebration of the Wedding that we who have confessed Yeshua as Lord are invited to. [Revelation 19:9] These are all future events and I am sure, in fact very sure that our God in Heaven is calling all to repent so we are not only part of the wedding feast we are also worthy to take our place at the banqueting table.
This is not a time to look back but to look forward and to keep our eyes firmly fixed on the Word and the promises contained in the Book of Life, the Bible for in no other book or writings will we find the truth that is to bring all people to salvation. [Psalm 119:160] The King is coming, the question is, are we ready and do we have our Spiritual ears open to hear the awesome day of the Lord as draws ever closer? [Revelation 13:8-9]
“Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.” Revelation 19:7-9