The Feasts in End Time Prophecy, Laws of the Second Coming, (Part 4)

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Let us make ourselves familiar with the Feast of Trumpets:  (By the way, Dr. Jones gives permission for anyone to quote freely from his works for non-commercial purposes.)

After Israel’s pentecostal experience at Mount Sinai, God gave Moses instructions to build the tabernacle and its various articles of furniture. They erected the tabernacle on the first day of the first month just one year after leaving Egypt (Exodus 40:17). A month later, the pillar of cloud over the tabernacle lifted and began to move toward the land of Canaan (Num. 10:11). The people followed.

Now God told Moses to build two trumpets of silver. Apparently, up to this time no one had ever thought to build a trumpet out of silver. The first-century Jewish historian, Josephus, tells us in Antiquities, III, XII, 6, “Moses was the inventor of the form of their trumpet, which was made of silver. . . It was composed of a narrow tube, somewhat thicker than a flute . . . it ended in the form of a bell.

Of course, the Bible tells us that God inspired Moses to make these trumpets. This is recorded in Numbers 10:1-10,

The LORD spoke further to Moses, saying, 2“Make yourself two trumpets of silver, of hammered work you shall make them; and you shall use them for summoning the congregation and for having the camps set out. 3And when both are blown, all the congregation shall gather themselves to you at the doorway of the tent of meeting. 4Yet if only one is blown, then the leaders, the heads of the divisions of Israel, shall assemble before you. . . .

“The priestly sons of Aaron, moreover, shall blow the trumpets; and this shall be for you a perpetual statute throughout your generations. . . .

9 “And when you go to war in your land against the adversary who attacks you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be remembered before the LORD your God, and be saved from your enemies.

10 “Also in the day of your gladness and in your appointed feasts, and on the first days of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be as a reminder of you before your God. I am the LORD your God.”

The Feast of Trumpets prophesies of the resurrection of the dead. It has been called in Jewish circles, “the Day of the Awakening Blast.” Because this festival fell on the first day of the seventh month, it fell on a new moon–that is, when the first sliver of the new moon appeared in the evening sky at the beginning of each lunar month. There was always some uncertainty as to when the new moon would appear or could be seen (if cloudy). For this reason, Jesus spoke of His coming in Matthew 25:13, saying,  “Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.” This phrase about not knowing the day nor the hour is a peculiar Hebrew saying, which they specifically applied to the Feast of Trumpets, whose beginning was unknown until the new moon was sighted.

The Feast of Trumpets is the first of the autumn feast days, which prophesy of the second coming of Christ. The apostle Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 4:16,

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise FIRST.

The first event on the prophetic calendar relating to the second coming of Christ is the resurrection of the dead. We believe that the appointed time for this event is on the Feast of Trumpets of some year. We have already seen that Jesus could not be crucified on any day other than on Passover, and that He died at the moment the people began to slay their lambs. We have also shown that Jesus had to await the third hour of the day on the day of the wave-sheaf offering before He could ascend to the Father and present Himself as alive in the heavenly court. We also saw that the Holy Spirit could not be sent until the third hour of the day on the Feast of Pentecost.

These were all appointed times, prophesied in the law. By observing how God treats these appointed times, we can begin to understand the significance of the autumn feast days and how they likewise set the timing for prophetic events. These past patterns strongly suggest that the archangel will blow the trumpet signaling the resurrection of the dead on the Feast of Trumpets of some year.

The Two Resurrections

The law suggests that there will be more than one resurrection. For this reason, God told Moses to make TWO trumpets of silver. When the priest blew with just one trumpet, only the leaders, the heads of the people, were to gather before God. When the priest blew BOTH trumpets, the entire congregation was to gather before God.

John tells us in Revelation 20 that there will be two resurrections, not just one. The first resurrection, John says, will include only believers. Revelation 20:4-6 speaks of this first resurrection,

4And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completedThis is the first resurrection6Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

This is obviously a partial resurrection, because not all men are raised to life at this time. Only those who are called to “reign with Christ for a thousand years” are raised in the first resurrection. “The rest of the dead” are NOT raised until the second resurrection at the end of the thousand years. The first resurrection, therefore, includes only the heads of the people–that is, those who are called to rule in the Kingdom during the Age of Tabernacles. This is why Paul speaks of the “trumpet” (singular) which the angel will blow, calling them forth from the graves. It fulfills Moses’ prophecy of the single trumpet that was to summon only the rulers of the people.

When the apostle Paul speaks of the resurrection of the dead, he usually speaks of the first resurrection, rather than the second. Consequently, in 1 Thessalonians 4:16, quoted earlier, the dead are raised “at the last trumpet” (singular). Paul identifies those raised as “the dead in Christ,” NOT ALL the dead, small and great. In other words, the first resurrection is a limited resurrection; the second is general that includes the rest of the dead.

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4 Responses to The Feasts in End Time Prophecy, Laws of the Second Coming, (Part 4)

  1. Hiram says:

    I hope you have the courage to stay with me through this study. It might not be for everyone, but if you are a serious scholar and want to come to a more clear understanding, it will be worth your trouble. It’s very difficult because there are so many facets to the end time beliefs, and to begin to unravel them means that I must first establish a few things. Eventually it will all start to make a lot of sense. Let me make it clear again that I do not pretend to know exactly what is going to happen. I do, however, dispute the amilennial view, and it is with this goal in mind that I proceed. Remember, I have said before that every false teaching has a specific agenda behind it.

    The teaching on the end times, as put forth by the Holdemans, fills this requirement. Ben Giesbrecht made it quite clear when he stressed the fact that a belief in the One True Church underlies all else. You will find this coming into play as you begin to examine this teaching for truth. At every step of the way you will find yourself blocked by the deception that has been so cleverly and soundly planted in your mind. Roadblocks will pop up at every turn. You will say…”but what about….” and “that can’t be because….” Try to examine all of this with an open mind, and remember that this teaching is one of the largest stakes that hold down the one true church teaching. I suspect that excommunication and avoidance is the other large one. There are many others, but these two overshadow everything. Remember also that POWER is behind every false teaching. This will all become more clear to you as we move along.

  2. Hiram says:

    First of all, let us take a look at this:

    “John tells us in Revelation 20 that there will be two resurrections, not just one. The first resurrection, John says, will include only believers. Revelation 20:4-6 speaks of this first resurrection,

    4. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. 6. Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

    The Holdemans teach that the first resurrection is when a person is saved.Let me quote from the tract “Does Revelation 20 teach a Millennium?

    page 18 “Is the first resurrection also a bodily one? There is no indication of that in the text whatsoever; on the contrary, the marks of it are of a purely spiritual nature, as we shall see later on. If we assume that the first resurrection is a bodily one, that only a certain number of those who had died in the Lord shall bodily be made alive, we get into a serious collision with other scriptures passages, in which plain speech is used relative to the general resurrection. In John 5:28,29, Jesus says; “…the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” The Lord here plainly states that on the day of the bodily resurrection all the dead shall rise, the just and the unjust. This leaves no margin for any partial resurrection of the just, who shall then reign with Christ a thousand years, but the bodily resurrection of the just shall be unto everlasting life. The first resurrection is not bodily either in part or in whole, but spiritual. In John 5:25 Jesus says :”Verily, verily, I say unto you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.” In this chapter the Lord plainly distinguishes between the first and the second resurrection. The first resurrection is going on now. “The hour is coming and now is.” This resurrection is partial and of a spiritual nature; the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, but not all are going to live, but they that hear shall live. The second resurrection is future, bodily, and universal, for “the hour is coming in which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice and shall come forth.” While in the second resurrection ALL the dead shall hear His voice and come forth, in the first resurrection only they shall live who hear. And what of those who hear not? These are “the rest of the dead that lived not again until the thousand years were finished.”

    There are a couple of things immediately wrong with this passage from the tract. Number one, Revelation 20 is so clearly talking about a future end time scenario. Here again we have the Holdeman penchant for jumping back and forth between past present and future with little to no regard for the context. Of course, they have taken all of this to be spiritual and already fulfilled, which, as I have already mentioned, if true, means that the Bible gives no information regarding the end of the age. Look at this verse…Rev.20:4 ” And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”

    Here we have one of the reasons that the Holdemans love their interpretation of the end times. On page 12-13 of the tract, they claim that this verse is being fulfilled right now, and that they, as the true church, are on thrones and judgment has been given to them and at present they are living and reigning with Christ for a thousand years. My my. This is powerful. In the here and now they are sitting on thrones with Christ, reigning and judging the world. Here is what the tract says: “Verse 4 tells us of the judgment committed to the Church, to the martyrs of Jesus, and to those who did not receive the mark of the beast, and verse twelve speaks of the judgment that will be held on Resurrection Day, when the books will be opened and the dead will be judged according to their works. The two are not identical. for the first we are concerned only with the judgment that was given to the saints during the thousand years.”

    The tract goes on to say “What does this mean? What is judgment but a solemn declaration of what is right and what is wrong? And God’s people have the sacred duty at all times to bear witness unto the truth and to reprove all error and works of darkness……….Wherever the kingdom of Christ is established by the preaching of the Gospel, there are set thrones of judgment, a God-given authority to declare what is true and what is not, what is right and what is not. The right of judgment with reference to false teachers is given to all Christians to be exercised in their own time.” Wow. That is all I can say. Wow. Examine this carefully, friends, with an open mind and see if you discern any error in it. No wonder they have twisted the verses in Revelation, removed all indication of an end time scenario and appropriated them for their own purposes right now. Power, indeed. A great deal of power falls into their laps with the claiming of this passage.

    This is huge. They see themselves as sitting in judgment over the entire world with Jesus Himself, right now. No wonder so much arrogance and pride is displayed in the way they handle the church. This displays a high degree of being lifted up, but it should also show us why they are so very attached to their ammellenial view. It gives them POWER! Remember this as we move along!

    Another serious problem here is that the word resurrection in the Bible is only ever used to refer to a physical resurrection of the body. It is never used to refer to the new birth, or regeneration or restoration of the spirit to new life with Christ. I don’t care how much they want to use it this way, it simply does not fit. The Greek word used in verse 6 has the following meaning:

    1) a raising up, rising (e.g. from a seat)
    2) a rising from the dead
    a) that of Christ
    b) that of all men at the end of this present age
    c) the resurrection of certain ones history who were restored to life (Heb. 11:35)

    There is nothing in the original meaning of the word that relates to the new birth, or those who have accepted Christ. This is a serious wresting of scripture to fit one’s selfish power-seeking agenda. This is only one problem. There are many others, We will get to them later. This is enough for now.

    • been there says:

      I’m was surprised you said this its even more important to maintain than excommunication and avoidance, probably because it isn’t discussed as much but I’m starting to see the connection with keeping power.

  3. It might be a little hard to see in the beginning, but the Holdeman view of the end times is a very powerful weapon in the arsenal that holds people in bondage to the One True Visible Church teaching. When a person begins to ask questions, one of the first things they might question is this teaching. A number of things immediately begin to happen. One of them is that this has long been held up as a sign of deception. If a church member begins to believe anything other than the amillennial veiw, they are pointed to as being in deception. This is so deeply ingrained that the fear that rises up at the first sign of questioning prevents any thoughtful examination of the facts and scriptures. One of the biggest questions a person will be asked when they might even hint that they think there might be “a thousand year reign” is this: “So you think people are going to get a second chance????” This is put forth as a terrible thing. I’m not making a statement about whether or not I think the thousand year reign offers people a second chance, but rather trying to expose the pride and lack of mercy in the heart of the one who asks this question. What if sinners would be given a second chance and be allowed somehow to escape the fiery pits of eternal damnation? Wouldn’t that be a good thing? What kind of a heart wishes to see the sinner punished by eternal damnation? Sometimes just as a test I have put forth the idea that perhaps eternity will be different from what we think, and that sinners will not necessarily receive the punishment that we would dole out to them. The anger is amazing. I myself have had to examine my own heart when it comes to this question. Do I truly have mercy, or do I have a heart full of judgment? What if there was a way for sinners (as I view sinners) to be allowed a chance for a cleansing and purifying and be allowed to escape eternal damnation? Would I rejoice over the thought, or would I be disappointed to think that they would not get the torture that I think they so richly deserve?

    I am not putting this thought forth to claim that sinners won’t be punished, but as a way of testing my own heart. When I want to see sinners punished in a horrible manner, I am exposing the fact that I have not forgiven. I might say I have now, but I am secretly believing that in the end God is going to deal with them in the way that I think is right. I might self righteously say “I have forgiven them but I am putting them in God’s hands, and he will deal properly with them,” and of course I am believing that he will burn them in the lake of fire, and they will finally get what they deserve. What this reveals is that we have not forgiven at all. We still want to see our enemies punished. Do we pray for their redemption and salvation the way we should? Do we fervently hope that there is a way out for them? I don’t look at the thousand years necessarily as a time when sinners “get a second chance.” This is a distortion that people use when they want to make it look silly. There are many false assumptions made about the period of a thousand years that are used to discredit it. People will say, do you think we will be driving around in cars and Jesus will be living on the earth again, and we’ll be living in houses, and going to jobs? They believe that by putting out a scenario that seems ludicrous that they are discrediting the whole idea. They are only proving that they have done no study and are looking at it with a carnal mind instead of a spiritual mind. In my next post I will speak of the sabbath and show how the thousand years fits the cycle of sabbath. Don’t be afraid to open your mind to the scriptures. If you find yourself recoiling from a different point of view than you have been taught, pause for a moment and study the scriptures. Will you discard the truth of the scripture in favor of the traditions of men?

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