Maranatha . . . . the Lord is coming! Now to those believers in Christ who live their lives in “light” of the knowledge that He can come at any moment, Maranatha reminds these believers that while they must remain prepared they also must keep their spiritual eyes on the eternal Holy Spirit’s supernatural activities—they must keep looking for the in the air and on a cloud Jesus Christ who will be coming for His true Bride!
Rosh HaShanah isn’t just the Jewish New Year. There can be no doubt that all of the idioms, names, themes, and images for Rosh HaShanah are why this feast day not only is a High Holy Day but also an extremely important holiday for Jewish people, indeed, for all mankind.
Many Messianic Jews and Christ-believing Gentiles agree that the Feast of Trumpets primarily is a picture of The Rapture—the “snatching away” of the alive Bride of Christ. Yet, despite the fact that biblical Scriptures and Jewish traditions are in harmony with each other about the “last trump” or last trumpet being the shofar blast that marks the start of Yom Teruah or the Feast of Trumpets/Rosh HaShanah, many people still want to claim that the “last trump” is the seventh judgment trumpet in Revelation.
For Messianic Jews and Christians, Yom Teruah or the Feast of Trumpets, which is the first of the three Fall feasts, takes place during the Fall harvest season. The time of this feast is why Yom Teruah or the Feast of Trumpets also symbolizes the need for Messianic Jews and Christians to be prepared for Yeshua, who is coming on a cloud to resurrect those believers who are dead in Him, and to Rapture (snatch out of this world) His living Bride.
It should be evident to today’s believers that if they do not understand Jesus the Christ or the Apostle Paul’s Hebraic roots, then these believers never will fully comprehend many of the Rosh Hashanah (Yom Teruah or the Fall Feast of Trumpets’) idioms/expressions that Jesus the Christ and the Apostle Paul use when they speak about the “Last Days” and “End Times.” For the record, there are at least 12 or 13 traditional Rosh Hashanah idioms (ancient names and/or expressions the Jewish people used to explain the spirit or real meaning of Rosh Hashanah). Of the 12 or 13 familiar Rosh Hashanah idioms, Jesus the Christ references at least two of them when He says, “No one knows, however, when that day and hour will come neither the angels in heaven nor the Son; the Father alone knows” (Matthew 24:36, GNT)—these referenced idioms are Yom HaKeseh (Hidden Day/Day of Hiding or Day of Concealment) and Kiddushin/Nesu’in (The Messiah’s Wedding Ceremony). Now, the Lord’s Matthew 24:36 prophecy follows the verses in which Jesus the Christ is telling us that just like any Hebrew would know with certainty that the time when figs are their ripest is during the summer harvest time, which for ancient Israel was in the summer months of late August and early September (Elul and Tishri), then we New Testament believers should know with certainty the sign that would precede the Lord’s bodily Second Coming (cf. Mathew 24:32-35). This sign, believe it or not, is wrapped up, tied up, and tangled up in every one of the Jewish idioms for Rosh Hashanah!