When the Fig Tree has Sprouted Leaves and the Shofar Blows

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by Samuel Geroy
   The fig tree is modern Israel that has “sprouted leaves” since 1948. The Lord Jesus said in Luke 21:32 (also in Matthew 24:32, Mark 13:28) that this present Jewish generation shall not pass away until all the other prophecies in this connection come to pass. If one generation from 1948 is seventy years (as stated by Moses in Psalm 90:10), then perhaps we are very near the climax of the Church Age. Then God’s final plan for Israel will resume sooner than we think.

   The Church of Jesus Christ will proceed to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9; Matthew 8:11; Luke 14:15) and the awarding of believers for service (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). While on earth below will begin the seven (7) years reign of the Antichrist (Revelation 13:1-8) together with Satan himself and the false prophet (Revelation 13:11-17) . They will compose the trinity of evil in the end times.
   The Feast of Trumpets or Rosh Hashanah (Leviticus 23:23-25, Numbers 29:1-6) is celebrated in Israel on the seventh (7th) month of Tishri on day one (1) corresponding to September-October in our calendar. Last year 2011, Tishri 1 was on September 27 according to the internet. This year 2012 it will be celebrated on September 16 according to our copy of a Jewish calendar. The new moon will appear on September 15. In Israel, watchers will wait for the appearance of the new moon then blow the two shofars (trumpets) to announce its coming. The Jews will then prepare to meet in a holy assembly in their synagogues because it is New Year’s Day for them. Jews celebrate for two days (Tishri 1,2). This is a first day Sabbath that marks the beginning of the civil year.  Like the high day Sabbath of Abib or Nissan 14, it also does not fall on a Saturday.  These are the only two special Sabbaths in Israel. This is also the prophecy that is next in line for fulfillment since Pentecost had been fulfilled already on the birth of the Church two thousand years ago. It pictures the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
   This is a Day of Remembering for the Jews or Yom Hazikaron. This means remembering the year that have passed. It is also a Day of Judgment or Yom Hadin. This reminds the Jew that God records in His book every man and everything he does. This is also a Day of Hope for good things in the year to come. This day reminds everyone that God rules the world. After services in the synagogue Jews go to a nearby stream or river. There they empty their pockets of bread crumbs and let them fall into the water so that they will float away. This is a reminder for them to put away the bad things they have done and make themselves clean for a new start in the year. 
   For us Christians, the first part of Christ’s coming is the in-gathering of the Church of Jesus Christ or Rapture (1 Corinthians 15:51-55, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17). When this happens the trumpets (or shofars) will sound. At the last trumpet the dead will be raised in order to be imperishable and immortal (1 Corinthians 15:51-54) so that believers will no longer die having received eternal bodies. The living believers will acquire glorified bodies in the twinkling of an aeye. Then they will meet the Lord in the air and be with Him forever (1Thessalonians 4:17). Lord It is important that the Holy Spirit and the Church of Jesus Christ be taken away (see 2 Thessalonians 2:6,7) in order to give way for the reign of the Antichrist called the Tribulation period in Revelation 7:14 or the 70th Week of Daniel 9:27. This will last for seven (7) years (Daniel 9:24, Revelation 11:2). The second half of this period that will bring greater suffering is called the Great Tribulation (Revelation 12:14; 11:2; 13:5). While in heaven there will be the awarding of the Church saints and Marriage Supper of the Lamb. The 7 years Tribulation will end with the return of Christ with the saints in order to start the Kingdom Age (Millennium). Israel will also repent and believe the Lord Jesus Christ.
   Are these things happening in our time? Seventy years or one generation from 1948 is in 2018. Then it is amazing to discover that all past Jewish feasts were fulfilled in the same date of their celebration: 1) Passover, Nissan 14 (Leviticus 23:4-5), the lamb is killed about 3:00 P.M. on Nissan 13, the same time and date that Jesus died; 2) Feast of Unleavened Bread, Nissan 15, Lev. 23:6-8; 3), Jesus still entombed; Feast of First Fruits, Nisan 16, 23:10-14, the resurrection; 4) Feast of Weeks 23:15-22, a harvest feast, loaves offered, not sheaves to symbolize the Church, 50 days after first fruit, speaks of the resurrection of Christ, the beginning of summer in Israel; 5) Feast of Trumpets 23:23-25, the regathering of long-dispersed Israel, on Tishri1, 7th month, the regathering of Israel, rapture of the Church, corresponding to September-October today, the Church is expecting this Rapture anytime now; 6) Day of Atonement 23:26-32, sorrow and repentance for sin especially in not recognizing Christ as Savior through the ages, on Tishri 10; 7) Feast of Tabernacles on Tishri 15-21 speaks of the future kingdom age. With hope may the reader have a clearer understanding of the facts in the Bible. But be careful not to focus on the dates but on the truth and on our responsibility to finish the work before the Lord comes.
   Truly, we live in very exciting days, more especially if the Lord Jesus Christ will come again soon. May You indeed come Lord Jesus.



Edited: January 2012
Refences:

New Scofield Reference Bible; see Daniel 9, Revelation 7, 13 notes; Bride of Christ 19:7; Tribulation 7:14; 11:2
NIV Study Bible- Leviticus 23 notes

Unger's Bible Dictionary, p. 363, Merrill F. Unger, Moody Press
Zondervan Pictorial Bible Dictionary, p. 281, Merrill C. Tenney, Zondervan Publishing House 
My Jewish Year, Celebrating Our Holidays, Behrman House Inc., West Orange, NJ, USA, pp 7-18