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The Mo’ed of Shofars
Mo’ed – the occasion of celebration for a God appointed time. Lev. 23:1-43, Ezekiel 44:24b
Shofar – a ram’s horn trumpet, blown on any special occasion.
This Appointed Day is Yom Teruah, the Festival of Trumpets. Lev. 23:24, Num.29:1-6 It is also Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, the new moon on the first day of the month of Tishri.
Themes of Yom Teruah:
* This is the Day that the earth was created. Genesis 1:1
* This is a Day to blow the shofar, a Day of warning and alarms.
* This is a Day for judgment. Psalm 81:3
* This is the Day that Israel will be protected, then gathered. Isaiah 27:13
Then ten days later, there is the Mo’ed of Atonement: Yom Kippur.
These are autumn [fall] festivals. Jesus fulfilled the three spring festivals, in their sequence, at His first advent, then Pentecost soon after, therefore we can expect the next prophesied event to be the Day of Shofars as many prophesies indicate:
Joel 2:1&15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a solemn fast, call a sacred assembly.
Zephaniah 1:16 The Day of the Lord is a Day of trumpets and alarms.
Hosea 5:8 Blow the trumpet in the Land, for the Lord has decreed punishment for Israel.
Jer. 25:30-31 The Lord will thunder from His dwelling place, a great sound will be heard by all.
2 Peter 3:10 The Day of the Lord will come unexpectedly…with a great sound…
Isaiah 29:5-6 Suddenly, in an instant, punishment will come from the Lord, with earthquakes, storms, the thunder of great noise and flames of devouring fire. Ezekiel 7:14 The trumpet has sounded, but no one goes to war, as their turmoil has called forth My wrath.
The Great and terrible Day of the Lord; the Sixth Seal, will be a worldwide catastrophe by fire from the sky and is the single literal Day that the Lord will carry out His judgement of the nations. Hab. 3:12. As Jesus said: As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be when the Son of Man comes. Matthew 24:37-39 Then, the Day of the Lord’s punishment came unexpectedly and now the world is once again in a state of apostasy and denial of God’s existence. Jesus’ reference to Himself as the Son of Man coming IN the clouds at this time, Psalm 18:11, Hab. 3:4, Luke 21:25-27, is not the Return when He comes visible to all, ON the clouds, as the Word of God. Rev 19:13 Note: at the Return, His garments are blood-stained from the year’s earlier Day of wrath. Isaiah 61:2b, Isaiah 63:1-6
So it seems more than probable that the Lord will take action on the Day designated for it. Isaiah 28:21, Isaiah 34:8, 2 Peter 3:10 Note as well; the Day of Trumpets occurs at the sighting of the first sliver of the new moon, so it is not a day that we can know exactly in advance, so it is the Day that will come unexpectedly, like a thief. Rev. 16:15
In order for the prophesies in Rev 6:12, Joel 2:31 and Isaiah 30:26 about the moon shining brightly red on that Day, it is necessary for it to be closer to the sun, as it is during the new moon. The sun shining with seven times its normal strength, must be a Coronal Mass Ejection sunstrike, it will cause the ‘sky to roll up like a scroll’, earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis’ and it will literally fulfill all the graphic prophesies about that Day. Isaiah 46:10, Romans 1:18
As a further proof of this judgement happening before the Return, all of the holy Land will be cleared, Ezekiel 30:1-5, and when the Lord’s true righteous people go to live there, Isaiah 66:20, they will elect their own leaders: Jer. 30:21 A ruler will appear, one of their own people….
Deut. 18:15 The Lord will raise up a leader like Moses from amongst the people… Acts 3:22
Hosea 1:11 The people of Judah and Israel will be united and will choose a leader.
It seems most likely that after all that must happen: the visible Return of Jesus in glory, will occur on a Mo’ed of Tabernacles, the last feast to be fulfilled. ‘Tabernacles’ means ‘God with us’. In 2014, the Day of Trumpets falls on September 24th, but what will trigger the Lord’s action, is the commencement of an attack on Israel by Iran. Bible prophecy tells us that this will happen and we know Iran and her proxies are prepared and ready to ‘wipe Israel off the map’.
Isaiah 21:2b…Advance Elam; up Media, do not hesitate! [Elam and Media: modern Iran]
Isaiah 22:6 Elam took up the quiver, Aram and Kir prepare for war. [Aram and Kir: Arab peoples]
Bruce McKerras www.logostelos.info
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