I’ve heard about the Lord coming back all my life. I remember people talking about it when I was a teenager. It was the 70’s. (If you weren’t there, you’ve probably seen the footage-crazy stuff!) I didn’t pay much attention, thinking it probably would never happen in my lifetime.
When the rock group KISS arrived, with their faces painted, ginormous platforms, and breathing fire, many were sure it was the end. While crowds flocked to hear them, others were scared to death! I remember hearing them called “Knights in Satan’s Service”. It’s funny now, but back then they scared the willies out of a whole lotta little ole ladies.
Often when trouble comes or something we want to get out of, we look for the Lord to come back and better than Calgon, to “take us away!” When I was older, married with children and deep in debt at Christmas, I hoped He would come back before the bills came in January.
People became more aware of “end times” stuff in 1995, when a book series called Left Behind was released. It put the Rapture and end time events in an understandable way. Everyone at church was reading it-except me. It took me years to get around to it.
When 1999 ticked into 2000, many believers AND non-believers thought for sure it was the end of the world. Prince had sung, “We’re gonna party like its 1999…,” but even experts were nervous thinking water, electricity and basically everything else would shut down.
More recently, in 2012, the Mayan calendar ran out and people thought it was surely significant. Would 2012 be the end?
Jesus’ disciples tried to pin Him down on the matter of His Return. He told them…”You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains…” Sounds very familiar.
2 Timothy 3 tells us: “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…” We’ve seen a lot of all that. Years ago, the “disobedient to parents” sounded out of place and weird to me. I wondered why on earth that would be in the middle of all that other terrible stuff. Now, I totally understand it. It’s epidemic.
So what does all that have to do with us?
Many Bible scholars believe that when Jesus DOES come back to rapture all believers and followers, it will be at the Feast of Trumpets. The Feast of Trumpets was and is a celebration of the harvest. The trumpet was the signal for the field workers to come into the Temple. The high priest actually stood on the southwestern parapet (wall) of the Temple and blew the trumpet so that it could be heard in the surrounding fields. At that instant, the faithful would stop harvesting even if there were more crops to bring in, and leave immediately for the worship services.
Verse after verse in the Bible talks about the “trumpet sounding”. 1 Corinthians 15 tells us: “…in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised and we will be changed.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16: “For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.” Matthew 24:31: He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.” Trumpet, trumpet and trumpet, again!
It would be so like God to do something so symbolic and carefully timed! The Feast of Trumpets is in September of each year. It’s on the Jewish calendar and is just a few days away. (Feel free to Google it.)
Matthew 24 says: “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” I know we don’t know exactly when it will be, yet, so many things point to it happening very, very soon. What I used to ignore when I was a teenager and carefree, I ponder quite often in my older age. Blood Moons, economic crises, the state of our country, wars and unrest all over the world along with bizarre happening of nature make my heart race. I’m not going to walk the streets with a sandwich board proclaiming, “PREPARE TO MEET GOD” but now think it’s not such a bad idea. Tears fill my eyes as I type as I think of people I love who are not ready for the Lord to come.
What if it did happen this September? It puts things in perspective.
You may think I’m a kook. (If you know me, you probably already do.) I’m OK with that. If I knew a flood, tornado or hurricane was coming, I’d tell you that, too.
Dawn Reed is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.