Morning Star and Morning Glory
When I do my morning walks, I go up the hill and pass yards and yards of morning glories climbing up a long wall. It reminds me of Jesus Christ being called the “Bright Morning Star” in Revelation 22:16. The Morning Star in ancient times was known as Venus because it is far brighter than all the other planets in our solar system. Venus appears as a “morning star” for a sequence of 9 months out of every 19 months. This bright planet will always precede the sun; thus, before the sun even rises, Venus shines before the crack of dawn from the Sun’s rays. Just spectacular…
I agree with many scholars that this is symbolism for Christ’s immanent second coming with hope and glory! “The appearance of the bright morning star means daybreak is imminent. In the long dark night of suffering on earth, Jesus being seen as the morning star means the eternal morning (millennium) is about to dawn” (Randy Alcorn – Jesus, Venus, and the Morning Star – 3/29/2010). It gives shape to scripture as it speaks of Jesus coming in clouds: “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And He will send His angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens” (Mark 13:26-27).
When Jesus returns to fulfill His Second Work on earth, there is a progression of events that will unfold just like it did when He fulfilled His First Work on the cross. If you don’t already know, prophetic chronology is all based on the 7 Hebrew Feast Days. What this means is that Jesus did not die just on any day, nor did He resurrect on just any day, and nor did He ascend to heaven just on any ole day. Rather, He matched His First Work of the cross with all 4 SPRING FEASTS to the letter of the law! He has left us a pattern to follow that will define how He will fulfill His Second coming. “Whoever has ears, let them hear…” (Rev. 2:29).
Due to a lack of teaching on the Second Coming of Christ, many believers just assume that when Jesus comes back, they will be taken from this earth to heaven (be raptured) so why study anything else about the millennium or end times for that matter. This is a huge mistake on behalf of so many believers because the Pre-Tribulation Rapture theory has gotten them intoxicated with a false insurance policy. It has done an incredible amount of harm to the Body of Christ.
Before any living person gets “raptured,” those who have died before us will come back to life again. Please study your Bible: “For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep (I Thess. 4:14-15). Paul explains that this trumpet call is called the “last trumpet” in I Corinthians 15:52 “For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable…”
What is very interesting and necessary to know is that the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) occurs on the 7th month (Tishrei) of the Hebrew calendar. On the very first day of the sighting of the moon, a trumpet is sounded to declare the first day of the month. Because this is the 7th month of the calendar year, the trumpet has been sounded six times before and the new, seventh time is considered the “last trumpet” for the Hebrew religious year (Spring) which also marks the beginning of the Hebrew civil year (Fall). The Christian church has lost its Hebraic roots and therefore much of scripture is unclear to us. Once we get a grasp of all these Feast Days, our eyes of comprehension will begin to open to finally understand what the early apostles were referring to.
Going back to those “morning glory” flowers that I see every morning…They remind me of all those who feared God that have gone before us since Adam. Then I think about my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ that lived and died during the great Jewish persecution of the early church for about 100 years…The millions of Christians that died under the tyrannical rule of the Roman Empire for about 250 years…The millions and millions of so called “heretics” that were burned at the stake by the Roman Catholic church for 1000 years…The millions that have been persecuted and killed in our generation will all come back to life again!!! Can you imagine the magnitude of this event? It is so mind blowing…
The Feast of Trumpets will be the day when the Resurrection of the Dead will happen not when Christians get raptured up to heaven. Those that have gone before us are considered the “first fruits” (down payment) insuring all of creation that more overcoming Christians will be glorified at a later time. Remember that there is a progression of things that follow. It will not just happen all at once. Far from it. Also, let us not get too carried away and self-centered about the “rapture” that we lose sight of the BIGGER picture of all the events that will occur during this time frame. There is A LOT going on here.
The Feast of Trumpets will occur this year on September 21. And no, this “morning glory” (resurrection) will not happen this year. There is much more that needs to happen before the great day of the Lord, but things are accelerating into place. Those that understand prophetic chronology will be ready and prepared just like the 5 wise virgins. However, there will be many more who will not be ready just like the 5 foolish virgins. Remember, the “10 virgins” are referring to “10 believers.” Only 5 overcame and understood their role. These 5 overcomers were on time to attend the Wedding Supper of the Lamb. The other 5 believers arrived too late (Matt. 25:1-13).
My desire is that none will perish and that all believers will get matured so that we all can come to FULL UNDERSTANDING on such things. Remember that the Book of Revelation is a book to “unveil or reveal such things to us” not to obscure or make things hidden. In the next 2 posts, I will discuss the Feast Days of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles). There is always more…
“Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you” Ephesians 5:14