I recently read a verse that drew my attention. I think it shows more or less what our feelings are when nothing happens after a certain date we have expected:
“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” Jeremiah 8:20
Isn’t that verse interesting? Isn’t that how we feel when a certain date comes and goes and we’re still here? Isn’t it interesting that the verse says that summer (not spring) had ended and they were disappointed because the rescue they were expecting didn’t happen?
Some days ago, Robert Belanger said on Five Doves that the author of an article he was referencing in a link (see http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/july2011/robertb76-1.htm) said that “the Bible can be viewed as a book about a marriage contract, the marriage of Jesus and His Bride”. If this is assumption is correct, it would be plausible to say that the middle and tallest lamp of the Menorah represents one of the most important themes of the Bible: the marriage of the Son of God with the Bride.
Among other symbols (the days of the week, the planets), the middle lamp also represents the Feast of Pentecost, a hugely important festival, one of the three mandatory Feasts that the Jews observed in Jerusalem (the pilgrimage Feasts), one that divides the lampstand in two parts (before and after), one that is directly linked to the central support/basis of the Menorah and from which the oil to the other lamps is shared (in case they are shared like in the communicant vessels principle which I don’t know).
So I wanted to say is that this marriage is so special to the Father that I don’t think it would be omitted from the Feasts. I think this event is so extraordinarily important that it must be depicted by a central Feast, a Feast that is so obvious - but has been misunderstood both in regard to its final prophetic meaning (the going UP of the Bride and not the coming DOWN of the Spirit – although this is very significant too!) and in regard to the correct way of reckoning that date – that one could say it’s very well hidden even being in the center and in plain sight.
If the marriage of Jesus and His Bride is so important to our Father, He wouldn’t reserve a common day in His appointed times for it, but a Feast, in my opinion. I think it is a central Feast.
I think this assumption would justify the fact that Paul told the Thessalonians in 1 Thess 5:4 that true believers wouldn’t be surprised by the day, only unbelievers or maybe nominal Christians.
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
So that day must have a very obvious picture in the Bible for Paul to have said that (the book of Ruth is one of the pictures). For nonbelievers, that day will come like a thief in the night. In my opinion, this picture has two meanings:
First meaning: unbelievers will not even be paying attention or expecting or even wanting the Rapture. They will be taken by surprise.
Second and most important meaning: that day will come like a thief to them because the Bride will be suddenly removed from their presence. In other words: the Bride is the very object of the theft. So she will not be surprised because she wants to be raptured, or at least she knows that she is going to be raptured someday and she is expecting her Bridegroom to come to fetch her for her new home and life, even if she doesn’t know the exact day.
If nothing happens between July 30th and August 1st, I will patiently wait for Pentecost (Tammuz 28 or 29) or any other date every year, but striving to be spiritually ready every day.
We must never forget that being spiritually ready is much more important than expecting a certain date.
I’d also like to say that I’m not saying that anything is necessarily going to happen in 2011. We don’t know the year.
Love from YSIC,