SHEMINI ATZERET RAPTURE?
8TH DAY SOLEMN ASSEMBLY
When the King Gathers to Confirm His Covenant
by Luis B. Vega
for PostScripts News (PSN) | www.PostScripts.org
‘On the 8th Day you shall have a Solemn Assembly. You shall not do any Ordinary Work.’ -Numbers 29:35, Leviticus 23:36.
The purpose of this study is to consider another possible High Watch Day for the Rapture to occur on the Minor Feast called Shemini Atzeret. It is a little-known Feast of YHVH and Mysterious, but just like the Church Age and the Rapture Event that will conclude it. Shemini means ‘8’, and Atzeret means ‘Assembly’. As they say, watch for ‘Big Surprises coming from Small Packages’. It follows the 7 Days of Sukkot or Tabernacles. Primarily why this is being considered is how about 1 Year ago from this study, one surmised a Timeline from October 18, 2022 to September 11, 2029. This Timeline exactly matches the 2 Portions of 1260 Day Segments.
It will comprise the 7-Year Tribulation Period, having a total of 2520 Days or 84 Months (42 +42 Months). And right in the ‘Midst’ will be April 1, 2026, which is Passover according to the Torah Calendar Day Count. And it could be then when the Daily Sacrifices are stopped by the AntiChrist. Here is one’s Rationale for this possible Timeline. One believes that the Rapture should have occurred in Mid-July of 2022, due to a precise Day Count. And how a Summer Wheat Harvest is more in line, Prophetically with all of the Harvest of Soul Metaphors given in the Bible.
And that a Gap of Time would or could cushion the Start of the 70th Week of Daniel to start the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, etc. However, as the High Watch Day came and went for 2022 and the Gap of Time has shortened to ‘0’ Days, the ‘Fog’ of Prophecy has descended upon surmising what then will be or could the Day of the Exit for the Bride of Christ and the End of the Church Age. Around this Time, there has been some very Sensational News about the 5 Red Heifers flown from Texas in the USA to Israel. Or how the ‘Trump Train’ will be built by Spring of 2023 to bring Pilgrims to the 3rd Temple.
Here are some Questions though. The High-Speed Train from Tel-Aviv to the Temple Mount area is essentially already built. There is talk that the Red Heifers have to be ‘born’ in Israel. The Bible does not specify that. And to Consecrate the Red Heifers to be offered, one 1st needs a Consecrated High Priest. A High Priest cannot be Consecrated without 1st being Ordained by the Messiah, the ‘Moses’ Figure. So, as one can surmise, it is a ‘Catch 22’ Cliché as the AntiChrist False Messiah of Israel has to come on the World Scene. And for that to occur, according to the Bible, the Rapture has to happen 1st. The Rapture Event is not what starts the 2520 Day Count of Daniel’s Last Sabbath Week. It is the Confirming of the Covenant that only the AntiChrist will do.
One thought and still thinks that the start of the Tribulation begins with the 1st Daily Sacrifice being offered. Why? It is at the Mid-Point that the AntiChrist then puts a stop to them. However, a Temple is not required. That will be built only after the Ark of the Covenant is rolled out. What is required of the Daily Sacrifice is the Altar of Sacrifice. And that can be placed on the Temple Mount very fast. In fact, it has already been Consecrated. It occurred on the 70th Year Anniversary of Israel’s Birth in 2018. It mirrored exactly what Israel did at the 70th Year ending the Babylonian Exile. And that is when, perhaps one surmises could correspond to a Shemini Atzeret Time. How so?
As explained to many on the Revelation 12 Daily Blog, one strongly suggests that the AntiChrist will copy the acts of King Solomon as prescribed by Numbers 29:35. It was he, that Consecrated the Temple and the Daily Sacrifice on a Shemini Atzeret Time. It is when Fire came down from Heaven and how the AntiChrist, at that Time, will do the same. It will be the Lying Signs and Wonders he and the False Prophet will do to deceive Israel, in particular but the entire World of his Divine Credentials. Shemini Atzeret was a Time after Sukkot there was a Gathered Assembly and the King rallied Israel around the Temple to read the Law. He then gave Cakes to all the People.
This was echoed with Ezra and Nehemiah when they returned back to Jerusalem. on the 70th Year. They gathered around the ruins of the Altar and Temple to Rededicate them as he read from the Law. Perhaps that is what Jesus will do once the Bride of Christ Rendezvous there in the Clouds, in the Air for that Great Gathering. It will be Jesus, as the King, as the fulfillment of the Solomon Type of gathering all the ‘Bride’, as He is the Temple that would and could be built in 3 Days. And how perhaps a Reading of the Law or the New Covenant with Further Instructions will be read.
Thereafter, one is to be then ushered by Jesus into Heaven through the Portals to the New Jerusalem to all those Mansions Jesus has been preparing for nearly 2000 Earth Years. For 2022, the Feast of Shemini Atzeret starts, according to the Rabbinical Calendar on the Eve of the 15th and ends on the 18th of October. In some Jewish Communities, the 19th Day is separated-out to observe Simchat Torah, the ‘Reading of the Law’. However, at this Time, in the Fall of 2022, many End Times Watchers are suggesting that the Feast of Yom Kippur could be that Rapture Day. Why? It is instead pegged to the Notion of the Jubilee Year which is being Highlighted. This is because of mainly having a Year Count from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, etc.
But also, as some other Research suggests, a 70-Year Countdown since 1952 is also in play. That Year Count is tied to the Sabbath Cycles since Israel returned to the Promised Land, etc. As to Speculating the Day of the Rapture, one is in agreement that considering certain Days as ‘High Watch Days’ and presenting them as such is Acceptable and Permissible. After all, Jesus Commanded His Followers to Watch. Watch what then? High Watch Days. One would agree that declaring certain Days as when the ‘Rapture’ Day will be is not Wise and Damages the Credibility of those that are Watching, collectively, though very few do so, within this Last Generation. For example, in 2022, there have been some Amazing ‘Rapture’ High Watch Days’.
When does the Month Start?
One such example was Shavuot, but which one out of the 3? The Watcher Community has learned from the Dead Sea Scrolls that there are 3 ’50-Day’ Feasts in Summer. Then there was one’s Personal Dream of seeing the Number 723 brushed against a Blank Canvas backdrop. One thought it was either suggesting the Month and Day, but assuming a Gregorian Calendar Calculation, thus July 23. But then others later suggested a Jewish reckoning of Time to surmise a Tehri Month on the 23rd Day. And this, by chance also coincided with the Revelation 12 Sign of September 23, 2017.
But as it goes with Research into End Times Prophecy or Signs in the Sun, Moon and the Stars or Numbers, others suggested that perhaps the 723 Numerical Factor is still in play for 2022. How so? A Brother named Bob from the Revelation 12 Daily Blog suggested the following. The Number 7 and the Jewish Year 5783 (5+7+8+2) adds-up to 23. Or like another brother, Stephan and Sister Carole on the same Blog have mentioned, still a possible 7-23 Fulfillment or even of that Timeline from the Shemini Atzeret.
Stephan also keenly surmised that Shemini Atzeret is also the 23rd Day of the New Jewish year if one counts from September 26. Shemini Atzeret is Tishrei 23, the 23rd Day of the 7th Month (723). Stephan also made another Amazing Insight based on the Mount of Transfiguration. It is where the Disciples, one believes, were taken up to Mount Hermon. It is where the 200 Fallen Angels came down to make a Pack to Genetically Corrupt the Image and Likeness of YHVH in Humanity.
But Jesus took His Disciples and the 3 Senior Leaders at which time Jesus was Transfigured from the inside-out and Moses and Elijah Appeared. They were given, in one’s Opinion, ‘Instructions’ on what they would be doing in Jerusalem during the 70th Week of Daniel. The Key? In Luke 9, it reads that the Transfiguration was ‘About 8 days’ later. This could also be a clue that ties-in to Shemini Atzeret. Even Brother Gary from Unsealed.org admonished the Watchers about Shemini Atzeret is still in play.
One would agree that in theory, one supports fellow Watchmen and Watchwomen’s take on the possible Rapture High Watch Days. But one’s Preference, at this Time is a possible Shemini Atzeret Rapture. Perhaps. And until those Days come-and-go, they are just that, High Watch Days. One was and is surprised that Brother Gary from Unsealed.org mentioned it or believes in it. It is after all, the Climax of the Public Ministry of Jesus with that Last Feast of YHVH in 31 AD, as one surmises. The following is one’s calculation based on the Theory of when, precisely Jesus began and ended His Public Ministry to culminate in the April 14, 32 AD Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus.
FALL FEAST TIMELINE BASED ON 1ST NEW MOON AFTER FALL EQUINOX
October 09, 28 AD = Tishrei 1 New Civil Year on Rosh HaShanah - Sabbath
October 18, 28 AD = Yom Kippur - 10th Day (Jesus reads Isaiah - Jubilee Proclaimed.
October 23, 28 AD = Sukkot or Feast of Tabernacles - 15th Day
October 31, 28 AD = Shemini Atzeret - ‘The 8th Day Assembly’ 16th Day
November 1, 28 AD = Simchat Torah - Reading of Torah 17th Day
In other words, Shemini Atzeret is, as the Grand Finale on that ‘Last and Great Day of the Feast’, i.e., Sukkot, being the 8th Day. Not too many Watchmen have picked-up on this Shemini Atzeret 2022 to Yom Teruah 2029 Timeline. One thinks none have, as far as one knows, as it has not really been considered. One thinks that a Pastor Richard that comments on Unsealed.org had/has a similar Timeline. But his and all that one has seen, have their Calculation based on Yom Kippur or Tabernacles instead.
YEAR OF JUBILEE PROCLAMATION
October 18, 28 AD = Yom Kippur - 10th Day (Jesus reads Isaiah - Jubilee Proclaimed.
Jesus reads from Isaiah 61, but only the 1st Portion.
He declares the Year of Jubilee in the Synagogue of Nazareth
NOVEMBER 1, 28 AD = SIMCHAT TORAH
+ 1260 Days (Ministry of Jesus)
= April 14, 32 AD
March 20, 28 AD (Spring Equinox) + 49 Months
= April 14, 32 AD
But also realize that one is not a Proponent of the Feast of Trumpets being 2 Days off or the current Jewish Month being 1 Month-Off. My Word, the Sliver of the Moon is now almost a Quarter by the time the supposed Correct Yom Teruah Day is supposed to be sighted. No, if one sees the Monthly Moon Phases, the 1st Sliver of the Moon occurred, right on Time, on the 26th of September. It does not depend on People ‘Confirming’ the Sighting. What if there is Fog? Clouds or Rain.
Is the whole Calendar to ‘Skip’ those non-Observable Days? As it is, anyway, only the Temple Priests could grant that and there are no Consecrated Priests nor Temple from where the Sighting officially were Certified, etc. Realize also, of course it is one’s Pre-Supposition based on the Enoch Calendar Count of how you Determine the 7th Month. It is by the 1st Full Moon after the Fall Equinox, which was the 5-Year Anniversary of the Revelation 12 Sign, by the way on September 23, 2022. But one could be wrong.
Moon Phases for September 2022
So, to reiterate, for about the past year or so in 2022, one has proposed this specific Tribulation Timeline mentioned. It does, amazingly, correspond to the Day Counts of two 1260 Day Segments, precisely corresponding to the 3 Feasts starting on that 8th Day in 2022. And that in the Fall of 2029, the Revelation 12 Sign has Jupiter back after 12 Years there in Virgo again, but right on September 11, 2029.
1 Shemini Atzeret: October 18, 2022 + 1260 Days
2 = Passover: April 1, 2026 + 1260 Days
3 = Yom Teruah: September 11, 2029
Synopsis on the Meaning of Shemini Atzeret
The following is a Synopsis of the Feast of YHVH, not widely known or observed called Shemini Atzeret. It is taken from the Explanation given by Jews for Jesus to provide a Context with some Abbreviations. It is outlined why, as of this writing in late 2022, perhaps the Rapture High Watch Day could correspond to this Little-Known Feast of the 8th Day, which is what Shemini means. And the Following Day of the Reading of the Torch, called Simchat Torah, etc.
Shemini Atzeret, is the 8th Day, immediately following the 7 Days of Sukkot or Tabernacles. Many consider this as a Typology of how at that Time of the Rapture, the Earthly ‘Tabernacle’ of the Flesh and Bodies will be ‘taken down’ and when the Metamorphosis occurs. It is also connected to Jesus’ Circumcision on the 8th Day. It is interesting that is not described as the 1st Day of the Week. This is also a possible Prophetic Typology of how the ‘Flesh’, as in the Human Body will be ‘Cut-Off’ or Circumcised, at the point of the Rapture Event, etc.
Over the Centuries, in the Diaspora, Simchat Torah, on the 9th Day, also followed Shemini Atzeret. After YHVH Ordains the 7-Day Feast of Sukkot, Moses is instructed that, ‘This 8th Day is to be a ‘Solemn Assembly. There is a degree of Vagueness and Mystery as to what constitutes a Solemn Assembly. It has led to the Jewish Rabbis constantly revisit the issue of how it should be celebrated.
As with all Prescribed Feasts of YHVH, their tie to the Sacrificial Temple Service has altered the true Application and Rendering of the Feasts. This is due to the Destruction of the 2nd Temple in 70 AD. Thus, the Feasts like Shemini Atzeret were distinguished by little other than an added time of Prayer for Rain and Cessation from Work. In Israel, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are observed on the same Day. So, there is a 2-Day Discrepancy as several other Feasts of YHVH are also constructed in that matter now, i.e., Yom Teruah, Shavuot, etc., and are more-or-less identical in the Day’s Readings.
Torah Portion: Genesis 1-6:8 (Bereshit, or Beginning)
Maftir: Numbers 29:35-30:1
-Joshua 1:1-18 for Ashkenazi Jews
-Joshua 1:1-9 for Sephardic Jews
The entire Book of Ecclesiastes is often read on Shemini Atzeret depending on when the Weekly Sabbath falls during Sukkot. The Message of Ecclesiastes is appropriate for an Autumnal Festival like Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret because of its many Metaphors of ‘Planting and Harvesting’, etc. It is a Fitting Reminder in Seasons of Harvest. On Shemini Atzeret, the sukkah at last is Disassembled.
Jews for Jesus concluded the Synopsis by stating that, ‘As with many Jewish holidays, Shemini Atzeret’s Main Significance disappeared with the Destruction of the 2nd Temple and the Cessation of Sacrifice. But what if that is exactly how the 3rd Temple will then be Initiated with, and done by the AntiChrist ‘King’ that gathers all of Israel around it to Read from the ‘Covenant’ to confirm it?
Finally, the Jews for Jesus, are reminded at this Time of Year of how it was Jesus who fulfills all of YHVH’s Feasts. And that as a Necessary Atoning Sacrifice, Jesus provided that in Himself. The prayer for Rain is thus connected to the Admonishment that Jesus gave, when He, like Solomon, the King gathered all around the Temple, and with a Laud Command, ‘On the Last and Great Day of the Feast, i.e., Sukkot, Jesus proclaimed. That, ‘If anyone Thirsts, let him come to Me and Drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his Heart [Innermost Being] will flow Rivers of Living Water’. -John 7:37-38
But it all could be just a Sign as before with the Event yet to occur in the near Future as was the case for 2017. But until then, that is as far as we can see, so one goes with it until it is disproven. And that is the best one can do. It is a Process of Elimination. Now, as to how Prophetically Significant Shemini Atzeret is or will be for the AntiChrist? As one has surmised, it is to make the Pack with Israel on such a Day.
But, what if…wouldn’t you know that for the Church Age Believers and Followers of Jesus, what if it will turn-out to be a Shemini Atzeret Rapture after all!? And how for Gathered Bride in the Air, it will be Jesus, like King Solomon that fulfills the Typology. As mentioned, what if at the Rapture Event, Jesus might just as well, read from the New Covenant, there in the Air as the Bride meets Him in the Clouds in a Solemn Assembly. How long will that Meeting in the Clouds, in the Air last for or be?
What if Jesus, at that time, will be giving a sort of Pep-Talk or Preliminary Instructions about Laws for Living in the True Promised Land, there in Heaven after the Rapture. Again, what if, at the Time of the Rapture, there and then, at that Rendezvous, as the Church Age Believers in Jesus are gathered around the King as did Israel? Of course, this is Pure Speculation. But what if?! Until the High Watch Days are come-and-gone, as to Yom Kippur and Tabernacles, one will Stay the Course. But one prefers October 18, 2022. And beyond that, then we go Bust! :(
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