3. But “that ALL SHOULD COME TO REPENTANCE” speaks of a period of time when our Lord is “longsuffering”,,,and in fact a person can “come to repentance” right up until the last hour before the Yom Kippur service is over, and this period of time for repentance, is the 40-day period prior to Yom Kippur, as also it was during the 40-day period of Jonah’s preaching when he said that God would repent of the evil that He had purposed to do if they did not repent.
But not to dwell here, let’s see what follows in the book of Revelation. Sure enough the letters to the churches have ‘REPENTANCE’ writ large all over them. Repent, or else. Repent or else. Repent or else. This is the language of Teshuvah (the 30 days of repentance prior to Rosh Hashanah, and the ten days of awe or repentance, after Rosh Hashanah.)
Rosh Hashanah is still repentance season, while God is LONGSUFFERING, and awaiting the repentance; that is why the rapture cannot happen on Rosh Hashanah. However, the first trumpet which John heard, was the trumpet of Rosh Hashanah announcing the last ten days of repentance. And to one of these churches He says, “(Rev 3:8) Behold I HAVE SET BEFORE THEE AN OPEN DOOR, AND NO MAN CAN SHUT IT”. This open door is none other than the open door that constitutes the gates of heaven being open during the time period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur! But it gets better for Philadelphia, because He says, during this period of time that the door is open, that (Rev 3:11) “Behold I COME QUICKLY… hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown”. Yes, He comes quickly, in fact within ten days of this judgment of the churches, and this coming happens to involve “crowns” or rewards (the rapture).
Rev 22:12 - And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
To the Laodeceans, He says He is about to spue them out of His mouth, (to spend some time in the coming tribulation years) because THEY SEE NO NEED TO REPENT. They see themselves as rich, increased in goods, and HAVING NEED OF NOTHING. To this church He says “behold I AM AT THE DOOR”. And “be zealous therefore, and REPENT”. If any man opens the door (of repentance), He states He will come in a sup with him (the marriage supper).
We should see hereafter, in the book of Revelation, pictures of Yom Kippur following upon this call to repentance, and sure enough that we do. The next thing John reports (and remember that John is a type of the bride of Christ) is that a door was opened (KJV), elsewhere, “a door standing open”, in heaven and he was called “up hither” by another voice of a trumpet. (Rev 4:1). “Immediately” (the rapture) he found himself in heaven. This time he heard another “trumpet” (the last trump when we shall be changed in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye). And when he looked around, he saw a throne, and right after that the “24 elders”, who were wearing “crowns” – here are the crowns promised to those faithful Philadelphians…
Isaiah 26:2 - Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.
Psalm 118: 19-24 - Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD: This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter. I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the LORD's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
What do these elders say? (Rev 5:9) “….and (He) has REDEEMED us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue and people, and nation.” A mixed horde here represented by 24 elders, and not just national Israel . But that is not the point, the point being that they had just been REDEEMED. What is Yom Kippur called? THE DAY OF REDEMPTION! (or Yom haPeduth). This day was the holiest day in the whole year for the Israelites, the day that the high priest entered into the Holy of Holies of the temple, the only day he went in there, and made atonement both for himself and for the people. Therefore Yom Kippur is also called the Day of Attonement. John sees that the Lamb as it had been slain, was found worthy to REDEEM those he sees in heaven. And also found worthy to open the judgment seals, or scroll of redemption, leading into the great tribulation.
Jesus started His ministry on Yom Kippur, for we read that the Holy Spirit immediately took Him after His baptism out to the wilderness to be tempted by satan. In the Law, it states that after the priest attoned for the people, he chose a “scapegoat”, which was led into the wilderness, to carry away the sins of the people, and that a “goodly man” was to lead that goat there (a type of the Holy Spirit leading Christ into the wilderness as our scapegoat). It was also a jubilee year, as Jesus quoted Isaiah 61, that He had come to set the slaves free etc.
Now, on Yom Kippur, and at the jubilee year, the Great Trumpet was to be blown to bring in the jubilee year. Therefore, the trumpet which John heard when he was called up to heaven was the “trumpet of God” which calls us up, at the jubilee of the church, or rapture.
Now, we know from the scriptures that Christ has been made our “high priest” in heaven. Only, unlike the high priest on earth that entered the Holy of Holies once a year, we read in Hebrews:
Hebrews 9:21-28 - Moreover he (the high priest) sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
Above is described the sacrifice of Christ, for us, as high priest in heaven, having redeemed us by His blood, as the 24 elders sing in their new song…. And now get verse 28…..”unto those that look for him, shall he appear THE SECOND TIME WITHOUT SIN UNTO SALVATION. This verse speaks also of Yom Kippur, the attonement sacrifice, and THOSE OF US WHO LOOK FOR HIM TO APPEAR THE SECOND TIME as our high priest, to REDEEM us.