October 1, 2016 is not a prediction but a recognition of God’s calendar which was followed during the first coming of Christ, and shall be followed at the time of the appearing of Christ. October 1, 2016 is marked on our calendar because it corresponds to the seventh new moon on the Hebrew calendar. This is the biblical start of the Hebrew holy day known as the Feast of Trumpets, or Rosh HaShanah.
This holy day is important because the apostle Paul made direct reference to it when he prophesied of our future salvation, speaking of "the last trumpet."
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. (1 Cor. 15:51-53)
This trumpet sounds on the Feast of Trumpets.
The Feast of Trumpets is also referred to as the “Feast of the New Moon,” for it is the only annual feast of God that commences with a lunar sign from the heavens. In ancient times,
Jewish religious authorities had to wait until the new moon was actually seen by reliable witnesses. Thus, the authorities did not know when the Feast of Trumpets would actually commence; they did not know the day or hour. Jesus Christ made specific reference to this fact when he spoke of the time he would fulfill his promise to return; he said, "No one knows about that day or hour" (Mark. 13:32). This phrase about "not knowing the day or hour" is a specific Hebrew saying, peculiar to the Feast of Trumpets.
Peter and John prophesied about the celestial and earthly signs that will mark our future salvation.
The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.
(Acts 2:20, 21)
I watched as he opened the sixth seal.
There was a great earthquake.
The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair,
the whole moon turned blood red,
and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind.
The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up,
and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
In Christ’s revelation to Paul, Peter, and John, we see the divine harmony of divine revelation: individual pieces of the puzzle that come together to form a picture of our future salvation. For additional details on this subject, I invite you to read three articles on the homepage:
Prophecy: The Seven Holy Days
The Day of the Lord: The Church and Israel
First Corinthians: The Hidden Wisdom of God
I am ever thinking about the last chapter of Revelation:
He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen. (Rev. 22:20, 21)
Dr. William Ayles