The Timeline and Return of Jesus
Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return to the Lord;
The Jewish feast of Yom Kippur is known as the Day of Atonement and the Day of Return. Yom Kippur represents the pattern of the return of Jesus Christ, the Jewish Messiah.
It occurs immediately following the seven-year tribulation when the Jews come under severe persecution and they return to God:
- Matthew 24:15 The Great Tribulation:“Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand),
- Matthew 24:21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.
- Matthew 24:29 The Coming of the Son of Man: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
- Joel 2:2 A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness, Like the morning clouds spread over the mountains. A people come, great and strong, the like of whom has never been; Nor will there ever be any such after them, Even for many successive generations.
- Hosea 5:15 I (Jesus) will return again to My place (at the right hand of the Father) Till they acknowledge their offense (the Jews rejection of Jesus as their Messiah). Then they will seek My face; In their affliction (during the last 3-1/2 years of the seven year tribulation) they will earnestly seek Me.”
For He has torn, but He will heal us;
He has stricken, but He will bind (Bandage) us up.
At Jesus’ return, He reigns in Jerusalem. All the promises given to the Jews will then be fulfilled and they will take their rightful place during Jesus’ thousand-year reign.
- Zechariah 8:23 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.” ’ ”
But it hasn’t always been that way. The Jews were scattered throughout the nations from 70 AD when Titus destroyed their temple and took them captive until 1948 when they became a nation again totaling 1,878 years of degradation. In the near future they will sign a seven year peace treaty with a man they believe will be their Messiah because he will help them build their third temple, but instead he will betray them and set out to annihilate them. Only the return of Jesus with the saints and the angels will save and spare the remnant of Jews at the battle of Armageddon.
Hosea 6:2 After two days He will revive us;
On the third day He will raise us up,
That we may live in His sight.
Jesus rose from the grave on the 3rd day.
According to Jewish sages, the timeline for mankind is 7,000 years to match the 7 days of creation in which man toils for 6,000 years and then rests for 1,000 years. If so, according to biblical genealogies, Adam and Ever were created 4,000 BC, and then the Jews were dispersed for ~2,000 years after the crucifixion, which totals 6,000 years. This would mean the tribulation is right around the corner and then Jesus returns to earth to set up his 1,000 year millennium year reign on earth. The Jews will rule in Jerusalem during the millennium… ”on the third ‘day’”.
Therefore: There is a new day coming, the “Son Rise”.
Hosea 6:3 Let us know,
Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord.
His going forth is established as the morning;
In Isaiah 21:12 the morning is compared to the rapture.
The rain is associated with the harvest (the resurrections)
He will come to us like the rain,
Like the latter and former rain to the earth.
The Hebrew word for rain in scripture means Teacher and the faithful rain refers to the Messiah. He comes from heaven to the earth.
- Joel 2:23 Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you— The former rain, And the latter rain in the first.
The former and latter rain is Jesus’ first and second appearance on earth.
H4175 – môrê 1: early rain 2: teacher (first advent)
H1653 – gešem 1. Latter rain 2: violent shower (second advent)
H6666 – ṣᵊḏāqâ faithful, righteous, to justify, to vindicate.
- Deuteronomy 32:2 Let my teaching drop as the rain, My speech distill as the dew, As raindrops on the tender herb, And as showers on the grass.
- Deu 11:14 ‘then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil.
- Psa 72:6 He shall come down (from heaven) like rain upon the grass before mowing, Like showers that water the earth.
- James 5:7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.
The following verses show how God looks back at the sinfulness of Israel and Judah…
Impenitence of Israel and Judah
Hosea 6:4 “O Ephraim, what shall I do to you?
O Judah, what shall I do to you?
For your faithfulness is like a morning cloud,
And like the early dew it goes away.
They ceased being faithful, as quickly as dew evaporates.
God mourns for them.
Hosea 6:5 Therefore I have hewn (cut) them by the prophets,
I have slain them by the words of My mouth;
And your judgments (Or the judgments on you) are like light that goes forth.
They brought God’s judgment on themselves. To be “hewn” is to be “cut out”.
God sent His judgments speedily (like the speed of light).
Hosea 6:6 For I desire mercy (Or faithfulness or loyalty) and not sacrifice,
And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
The sacrifice offered by ritual has no relationship to the heart of God. One is religion, the other is a relationship.
Hosea 6:7 “But like men (Adam/man) they transgressed the covenant;
There they dealt treacherously with Me.
They sinned against God’s covenant (treaty, pact, agreement, oath).
God made a covenant with Adam (man) at Creation – the First Passover! He also made a covenant with the Jews because of Abraham. The first Passover was when Jesus agreed to be the sacrifical Lamb before creation.
- Revelation 13:8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
- 1 Peter 1:20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world,
- Ephesians 1:4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,
Hosea 6:8 Gilead is a city of evildoers and defiled (Lit. foot-tracked) with blood.
Gilead is a murder scene.
Hosea 6:9 As bands of robbers lie in wait for a man,
So the company of priests murder on the way to Shechem;
Surely they commit lewdness.
Who are the murderers? The priests.
Hosea 6:10 I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel:
There is the harlotry (Spiritual adultery) of Ephraim;
Israel is defiled.
Hosea 6:11 Also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed for you,
When I return the captives of My people.
The day of reckoning awaits when they reap what they have sown.
This harvest is at the end when all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ will be taken to heaven to live with God called “the gleanings”. The gleanings are the last of the first resurrection. Those who rejected Jesus will be the tares (weeds) which are gathered and burned at the second resurrection and is not included in any Jewish Feast. (See chart below)
Matthew 13:24-30 The Parable of the Wheat (Believers) and the Tares (Nonbelievers are Weeds): 24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”
Note: God Gave The Jews their Feasts to represent the timing of God’s harvests:
The first harvest (resurrections) is the harvest of those who are saved (they are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life) while the second resurrection is for the unsaved (they are NOT written in the Lamb’s Book of Life). The second resurrection is not celebrated and therefore will not be found in a Jewish Feast.