If we’ve heard it once, we heard it several times before, false prophetic messages that claim to foretell the coming of Messiah Yeshua to the earth. The main question lingering in the minds of many is, “When can we expect Messiah to come?” Though answers vary between religious institutions, few rarely ever comfort the body of Messiah with the biblical message contained within the very Word (reference 1 Thessalonians 4:18); instead, these false prophets present upsetting messages that misguide good, honest people with many social anxieties who simply have a genuine passion for knowing biblical truths and discourage them from wanting to incline their ears to the Heavenly Father’s voice as prescribed in His Word. So, I dare to call them out on their lies and fabricated stories as they continue to misrepresent the Jewish people along with our faithful obedience to the Heavenly Father’s commandments as prescribed in Torah. As for you who follow the teachings of Messiah Yeshua, I encourage you to turn a deaf ear to these soothsayers and simply trust in the Word.
As of yet, “The Blood Moon Prophecies” have been recently running rampant among many of these assemblies with messages that misrepresent to what the children of Israel adhere to, “The Appointed Times& Seasons” that the Heavenly Father has provided us for holy, sacred assemblies (reference Leviticus 23). Yes, these false spiritual guides are the first to admit that as believers are no longer obligated to observe the Sabbath days of rest; but contrary to their own beliefs and the numerous reasons why they exist as a religious institution, many of these congregations are now pointing to the upcoming lunar events as if they were the tall tale signs of Messiah’s coming to the earth. They’re even making references to the biblical Feast Days in which we assemble ourselves, the very days that they themselves do not assemble on and teach their followers NOT to observe. If anything, these messages are nothing more than a mere rouse to entice the children of Israel from obeying the Heavenly Father’s instructions as embodied within Torah (reference Matthew 24:24 and Mark 13:32).
Thus, it becomes necessary for us to warn true followers of the teachings of Messiah Yeshua to discuss our disposition on the so-called “The Blood Moon Prophecies” and how Messiah taught us not to agree with such heretical statements.
Without a doubt, Jews who follow the teachings of Messiah Yeshua anticipate the day Messiah comes. Many of us do ask ourselves, “When comes the Messiah?” Though answers do vary, the Bible is quite clear to inform us of certain things that prevent us from ever claiming an exact date, time or event to be a foretelling sign like most false prophets tend to do. Hence, this study will discuss three major points of interest pertaining to what the Scriptures say in relationship to Messiah’s coming.
First and foremost, the Bible says that Yeshua “[...] must stay in heaven until the time when all things will be made whole again. The Heavenly Father told about these things long ago when He spoke through His holy prophets” (Acts 3:21, Simple English). We as modern day disciples of Yeshua can look forward to that great eventful day; however, we would neither dare nor attempt to place a date or a time to his coming. Why? Because Yeshua himself taught us that “[…] no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows” (Matthew 24:36, compare with Mark 13:32).
Even though Paul gave his audience a strong warning, he was careful to say, “Don’t let anyone fool you like that, because Messiah’s coming cannot happen until the Great Revolt has taken place and there has appeared the wicked One, the lost One, the Enemy, who raises himself above every so-called god or object of worship to enthrone himself in The Heavenly Father’ssanctuary and flaunts the claim that he (i.e., the Enemy) is Elohim” (1 Thessalonians 2:3-4). In other words, Paul himself anticipated for Messiah to come prior to the destruction of Herod’s Temple back in 70 CE, but that did not happen. Now in days, many tend to read into Paul’s letter as if it intended it to be after the reconstruction of The Temple sometime in the future some thousands of years later; however, this was not how Paul perceived it when he wrote his letter. If that was the case, then he would have first foretold the destruction of the Temple, state that the Temple was going to be reconstructed and then claim that Messiah would come after the rising of the Enemy. However, that is not what the Paul said. It just so happens that his expected anticipation did not come.
Unlike Paul’s earnest desire, Yeshua expressed,“24 After the tribulation ends, then the sun will grow dim and the moon will not shine, 25 and the stars will fall- the heavens will convulse. 26 Then all mankind will see me, the Messiah, coming in the clouds with great power and glory” (Mark 13:24-6). Though some may make it seem that Messiah’s coming is subjective to these stellar events, the truth of the matter is that the prophets themselves were speaking about the day when the Heavenly Father would restore His habitation with all mankind (reference Revelation 21:1-10). By no means did Yeshua contradict his own previous statements (reference Matthew 24:36, compare with Mark 13:32) by making it seem as if his coming was dependent on stellar events. No, he was simply reiterating what the prophets wrote pertaining to the day when the Heavenly Father Himself would make Himself be known to His creation otherwise known as The Day of the L-rd.
Though Messiah’s coming has been and will continue to be a matter of great debate, Yeshua answered simply, “The Father sets those dates,” Yeshua replied, “and they are not for you to know” (Acts 1:7). Thus, the end of the matter is that Messiah’s Coming is simply unknown. Anyone who tries to speculate on these matters is simply trying to place themselves as equally as knowledgeable as the Heavenly Father himself, part of the apostasy that Paul warned us about. We as members of the international body of Messiah are discouraged from inclining our ears to these wild speculations (reference Deuteronomy 18:9-14).
Thus, after presenting you with these three major points of interest, we would like to share with you at a bare minimum what the Bible reveals pertaining the place wherewith Messiah is expected to come to and where we're expected to be gathered to with some closing remarks.
4 On that day His feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives which lies before Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley; so that one half of the Mount shall withdraw northward, and the other half southward. 5 And the valley of my mountains shall be stopped up, for the valley of the mountains shall touch the side of it; and you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then Hashem your Elohim will come, and all the holy ones with Him. (Zechariah 14:4-5, RSV)
Immediately after Yeshua steps foot on the Mount of Olives, Hashem is expected to make His habitation reside in the midst of Israel immediately after Jerusalem has become the crowned jewel of all the nations of the earth (reference Jeremiah 3:17, Micah 4:10-3, and Zechariah 12:1-14). The specific time and date of Messiah’s coming to the Mount of Olives, also known as The Time of The Full Restoration, is simply unknown. Other than The Heavenly Father, neither the angels in heaven nor Messiah himself knows the specific time and day. The Son does not know it much less someone who claims to have a spiritual revelation. The Heavenly Father is the only one that bears this knowledge. Why is it that the Heavenly Father alone knows this? The Bible reasons: “World events are under His control. He removes kings and sets others on their thrones. He gives wise men their wisdom, and scholars their intelligence” (Daniel 2:21). Thus, The Heavenly Father is The One who sets those dates: “[...] they are not for you to know” (Acts 1:7), Yeshua said.
To close, we would like to say that if someone tries to mislead you concerning the exact day or hour Messiah is expected to come, then you can reply, “[...] You don't know on what day your Lord is coming; your Lord will arrive unannounced and unexpected” (Matthew 24:42, 50). Yeshua also said, “This is why you must be ready. I will come at a time when you are not expecting me” (Matthew 24:44, LBV). What was it that he warned his disciples with? “So, watch! You don't know the day or the exact hour” (Matthew 25:13) Again, Yeshua said, “So be ready all the time. For I, the Messiah, will come when least expected” (Luke 12:40, SEV). Though you may not know when he will come, the Bible does inform that his“[...] coming will not be delayed much longer” (Hebrews 10:37, LBV).
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