I have been closely following all the information in regard to the 2017 Feast of Trumpets and the Revelation 12 sign (and all the rest) with great interest and attention. I am a prophecy watcher, and I have been studying eschatology since the early 1990s. I am a pretribulation rapture and premillennial believer based on what I see in the Bible. I also believe the appointed times of the Lord’s feast days are significant since Jesus fulfilled the spring feasts.
I watch and listen every day for the call of the Lord when we believers will be gathered to Him forever, and the feasts have become high watch days for me. I am being obedient to watch and I yearn for his coming every moment. I am filled with hope for our redemption, and I hope beyond hope that this Feast of Trumpets will be the appointed time. Based on what I see in my research, it very well may be. This feast is also known as the feast of the last trumpet, the hidden day, and referred to by the Jewish idiom no one knows the day or the hour. There is far more depth as well.
I live each moment in hope and my heart burns with love for our Savior. I seek repentance, righteousness, and humility as I wait for the Lord, occupying until He comes, trying to be patient. The latter isn’t the easiest knowing what is to come.
This mortal life and dark, corrupt world holds nothing for me, and like many believers I have talked to, I feel the Spirit’s process of sanctification and separation drawing us closer to the Lord every day. Many in our believing family have been given visions and dreams pointing to the nearness of the fulfillment of the times we live, and there is great expectation among the scattered children of God across the world.
One thing I know is that the words of Jesus and those given to us in the written word are absolute truth. Jesus said that those who watch would know when the time was near, right at the door, and Paul said those who watch would not be caught by surprise. In contrast, it will come like a thief in the night for those who are not watching and for the unbelievers. When they say peace and safety then sudden destruction comes upon them.
Here are some scriptures that give me hope.
“…I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die…” -Jesus (John 11:25-26 NKJV)
“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52 NKJV).
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 NKJV).
“But your dead will live, Lord;
their bodies will rise—
let those who dwell in the dust
wake up and shout for joy—
your dew is like the dew of the morning;
the earth will give birth to her dead.
Go, my people, enter your rooms
and shut the doors behind you;
hide yourselves for a little while
until his wrath has passed by.
See, the Lord is coming out of his dwelling
to punish the people of the earth for their sins.
The earth will disclose the blood shed on it;
the earth will conceal its slain no longer” (Isaiah 26:19-21 NIV).
“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:2-3 NIV).
“When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28 NIV).
“Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36 NIV).
For those who have not called on the name of the Lord yet, here are some scriptures.
“Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord , And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:6-7 NKJV).
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23 NKJV).
“…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9 NKJV).
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV).
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me‘” (John 14:6 NKJV).
“…Repent and believe…” – Jesus (Mark 1:15 NKJV).
When the rapture does happen and the world is plunged into the Tribulation time period, if you are one of those left behind there is still hope.
Repent and believe in Jesus Christ to be saved. Reject the evil world and the embodiment of evil who is Antichrist. Reject his mark. Trust in the Lord Jesus especially if martyred for your faith in Him.
If the Rapture does not happen during this fall 2017 Feast cycle, it is okay. The promises of God are not null and void just because they may not happen when or how we think. Continue to occupy until He comes. Continue to hope and watch just as we have been. His word is true, and all things will be fulfilled and come to pass exactly when they are supposed to. It is all okay.
Will I be disappointed? Yes. But, the other day I was thinking about it. I live every day in disappointment when the Lord does not come today. So, for me, it will be just as disappointing on September 21st, 22nd, or 23rd as it is on May 10th, 11th, 12th, or any other day. I continue to live, love, hope, and watch as I should no matter what happens.
I am full of hope and the joy of the Lord. I yearn and hope it is this year.