Jean Stepnoski (29 May 2016)
"Sights and Sounds (Exodus 19:16-20 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16)"

   At in the homework section of The Anakypto Forum for 5-20 is an absorbing article by FM Riley about Jeremiah 8: 20-22 and the Shavuot (Pentecost) on the Jewish Hillel Calendar from 6-11 to 12.
   We read about the first Shavuot, number 4 of the Feasts of the Lord, in Exodus 19-20. There is the giving and the accepting of the Marriage Covenant Vows known as the 10 Commandments. Here is a list of the sounds listed according to Exodus 19: 16-20. There are: thunder, long blast on a shofar, and the whole mountain shaking. Here are sights listed: lightening, dense cloud, the trembling of the people, descent of the Lord, and the ascent of Moses.
   According to 1 Thessalonians 4:16 there will be 3 powerful sounds associated with The Blessed Hope: a commanding shout, the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God. Shavuot is the only Feast of the Lord with powerful sights and sounds associated with the first one. Signs and wonders. Shock and awe. There will be powerful sights and sounds, signs and wonders, with the event of The Blessed Hope.
   The 3 sounds listed by Paul mention with and with. Does this imply a 3 in one sound like the powerful shaking of the people and Mt. Sinai long ago set into motion by sounds? The Blessed Hope will include the themes of the descent of the Lord, ascending, and cloud as at the original Shavuot. The Jewish Pentecost is only 2 weeks away. Come quickly, Lord...
With Love and Shalom,