As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.Matthew 24:37-39
Last year, the world was shaken by the Coronavirus pandemic. This year it has been shaken by the pandemic plus natural disasters. However if one is not looking closely to what is going on, it is easy to miss the significance of these natural and current Geo-political events in relation to the end times. The last article was about how the United States’ exit from Afghanistan clearly exhibited a pattern similar to the rapture and tribulation. God used that chaotic drama to call the world to repentance in the current Jewish month of Elul. Something else happened that confirmed this observation.
When God decided to judge the world during the time of Noah, he instructed him to build an ark. After the ark was ready, God said,
“Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.”Genesis 7:1-4
God had set judgment to occur seven days from the instruction to enter the ark.
A few months back, the US set its deadline as August 31st for all its troops to be out of Afghanistan. At 11:59pm on August 30th Kabul time, the last plane took off from the airport marking the end of US presence in Afghanistan as President Biden had promised.
The month of Elul will end on the evening of Monday 6th September, and the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah/Jewish new year) will start at the same time. From the Feast of Trumpets to the Day of Atonement, there are ten days and it is believed by Jews that during this time, God decides the fate of each individual for the following year depending on their previous actions. So these ten days that start on the Feast of Trumpets and end on the Day of Atonement are days in which judgment for each person is decided.
Seven days from August 30th, 11:59 pm when America left Afghanistan will be September 6th, 11:59pm at the start of the Feast of Trumpets, or the start of the judgment of the world according to the Jewish calendar! So not only was God showing us a picture of the rapture and the tribulation that would follow, but he was giving a seven day warning to the start of judgment as he did in the days of Noah!
Since some link the Feast of Trumpets to the rapture, its interesting that the time emphasized is one minute to midnight. Jesus is portrayed returning at the midnight hour in the bible. Is this a signal that His return is very very close?
At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’Matthew 25:6
What does this mean for this year’s Feast of Trumpets that will be starting in a few hours? Based on past observations, God may simply be emphasizing the spiritual significance of these Feasts i.e repentance and preparation before the return of Jesus and judgment. Its also possible that something significant may occur during this year’s Rosh Hashanah. This is not a guarantee. However the message is clear. Time for us to get on the “ark” is running out quickly!