End time prophesy part II: Overview
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Eschatology is the study of the last things; end time prophecy focuses on the events to come. God is manifest on his holy days. Each holiday has multiple meanings and fulfillments (one good reason to study and observe them). There are seven biblical holidays God gives us to observe throughout the year.
Three occur in the spring and are linked to the one in the summer, and the other three occur in the fall. Yeshua fulfills the spring holidays in his first coming. He is our Passover Lamb and represents Messiah the Suffering Servant. His second coming will fulfill the fall holidays when he returns as the Reigning King.
Having said that, recall also that there is overlap between the holidays, which are both linear and cyclical in the concept of God’s timing (chronos and kairos). Hence, although Yeshua serves as our Passover Lamb, his death fulfills the Yom Kippur sacrifice, providing atonement for sin. Therefore, we can expect Yeshua’s return to come in the fall, with meanings and fulfillments overlapping spring holidays.
In the large picture, Yeshua’s second coming is near. His reign, called the Day of the LORD, will begin in darkness with the time of tribulation. After defeating his enemies, those who turn against his people Israel (hmm, that would be every single nation in the world at this point), he will rule the remainder of the 1,000 years from Jerusalem. By way of short summary: tribulation, Messianic Kingdom and then the coming age (eternity). Each period of time will be examined in future articles.
All prophecies should be held under the scrutiny of the Torah and none should be considered true until they actually occur.
For those interested in considering Michael Rood’s thoughts on the end times, he will be visiting "The Dome" in Lone Oak, this Sunday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m. E-mail RSVP is required, as seating is limited. E-mail r.weaks@argonte ch.net or call Judy at 903-456-2086 for directions.