Near At Hand
The Greek words eggus [G1451 ἐγγύς], eggizo [G1448 ἐγγίζω], or tachu [G5035 ταχύ] mean at hand, near, or without delay – in other words: imminent. They are equivalent to the Hebrew word qarowb [H7138 קָרוֹב]. Imminent means impending; hence it could happen immediately, within ten minutes, ten months, or ten years. Imminence is always the meaning of at hand or near when speaking about the return of Yeshua. For example:
– The night is far gone, the day is near (Romans 13:12)
– Yeshua is near (Philippians 4:5)
– The time is near when all things will end (1 Peter 4:7)
– You see the day drawing near (Hebrews 10:25)
– Yeshua’s return is near (James 5:8)
Times and Seasons
Daniel 2:21 – “Yahweh changes the times and seasons . . .”
Daniel 7:25 – “The antichrist will attempt to alter the seasons and the law; they will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time.”
Daniel 2:21 tells us that Yahweh is he who changes the times and seasons. Times in this verse is the Hebrew word iddan [H5732 עִדָּן] which means a set time. Seasons is the Hebrew word zman [H2166 זְמָן] which means an appointed occasion. In Daniel 7:25 the antichrist is the one who attempts to change the seasons and times. In this verse, the word seasons is zman and the word times is iddan. Iddan and zman can be used interchangeably, as both indicate a set time or occasion.
Acts 1:7 – “Yeshua said to them, ‘You don’t need to know the times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority’.”
1 Thessalonians 5:1 – “You have no need to have anything written to you, brothers, about the times and seasons when this will happen.”
The word times, used by both Yeshua and Paul, is the Greek word kairos [G2540 καιρός] which means a set time or occasion. Some translations use the word “dates” in place of the word times, which is gives a more accurate sense of the terms being used.
Leviticus 23:2 – “These are the appointed times of the LORD that you shall proclaim as holy convocations; they are my divine appointments.”
Another frequently used Hebrew word for seasons is moed [H4150 מוֹעֵד]. Moed has been translated as seasons, festivals, feasts, months, and appointed times. Yahweh established seven Moedim in which he embedded prophecies of coming events. The seven moedim are Pesach, Chag Ha’Matzot, Reishit Katzir, Shavuot, Yom Teruah, Yom Kippurim, and Sukkot (In English: Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonements, and Booths). There is a pattern to the prophecies that are represented by the Moedim. The pattern is: the death, burial, and resurrection of Yeshua, the giving of the spirit, the resurrection of the dead in Yeshua and the rapture, the judgment, and the millennial reign. The first four prophecies embedded in the Moedim have already been completed, or as some say, fulfilled.
The next Moed, Yom Teruah, prophesies the day of the resurrection of the righteous dead, the taking up of the living righteous, and the day of hiding and concealment before the time of tribulation.
The Anxious Wait
1 Thessalonians 4:13 – “Now, brothers, we want you to know the truth about those who have died.”
The question arose asking if those who had died, as well as those who were still living, had already missed the Rapture and were now in the Tribulation Period. The Apostle Paul assured them that the Tribulation Period had not yet begun, and that the dead MUST rise first BEFORE the living were raptured (4:16-17).
1 Thessalonians 5:1 – “You have no need to have anything written to you . . .when this will happen.”
The Apostle Paul continued and reminded them that he had already taught them about the prophecies embedded in the Moedim (1 Thessalonians 5:1), that the first four had been completed, and assured them that the coming moed of Yom Teruah represents the day of the resurrection of the righteous dead and the taking up of the living righteous, the day of hiding and concealment before the time of tribulation. He taught that the next moed to be completed, Yom Teruah, was still a future, imminent event. Did you catch that? A future, imminent event! An event that they were to watch for and anticipate experiencing. We do not know which Yom Teruah will be THE Yom Teruah to make completion: it could be five years, next year, or even this year on the Biblical Calendar, hence an imminent event!
A Third Witness
Deuteronomy 19:15 – “A fact must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.”
2 Corinthians 13:1 – “Every fact must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.”
We have two witnesses so far that indicate that the resurrection must take place first. Is there a third? Indeed there is. Upon the death of Yeshua, the graves were opened and the dead arose (Matthew 27:52). After his resurrection, he led a host of captives upon ascending to Heaven (Ephesians 4:8). Again, FIRST the resurrection, THEN the rapture.
The Imminent Return
You have heard it said by many Pastors, Teachers, and Biblical Scholars that “There is no prophecy or event that must occur before Yeshua can return for his bride, he can come at any time, he could even come before you finish hearing this sentence.”
I am going to upset a lot of people by declaring “That statement portrays a false narrative.” The scriptures are very clear, precise, and definitive: the dead MUST be resurrected BEFORE the living are raptured. Yeshua cannot show up to rapture his bride before the dead are raised. The resurrection of the dead is that imminent prophetic event that MUST take place BEFORE the rapture.
Yahweh is not a god of chaos, confusion, or disorder. Yahweh is a god of peace and order. Yahweh is the God who has determined the end from the beginning. Yahweh established seven Moedim in which he embedded prophecies of coming events. The pattern to the prophecies is: the death, burial, and resurrection of Yeshua, the giving of the spirit, the resurrection of the dead in Yeshua and rapture of his living Bride, the judgment, and the millennial reign.
The next event to be completed in the sequence of Moedim on Yahweh’s calendar is Yom Teruah – the resurrection of the dead in Yeshua and the rapture. Paul succinctly confirms this order of events. The resurrection of the dead is that prophetic event that MUST take place BEFORE the Rapture. The resurrection of the dead on Yom Teruah is that imminent event that Yeshua commands us to be looking forward to witnessing and experiencing! The Bride of Yeshua isn’t going anywhere until Yom Teruah begins!
Prophecy as foretold by the Hebrew prophets continues to unfold in an escalating pattern. The stage is nearly completely set. The great and terrible Day of Yahweh, Joseph’s Trouble, hastens forth and will not delay. Time is short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.