Now if you will bear with me for a short while longer I may enlarge upon this also.
In the story of Ruth, which we were God-bothering so much about last spring, we attempted to bring on the rapture happening “at midnight” when Ruth lay at the feet of Boaz, her redeemer, but to no avail. It’s a short and nice book to read for those of you who have not read it, now would be a good time to do that. But I shall not quote it directly so that I may be more general in my thoughts. First of all, Naomi urged her daughter-in-law Ruth to prepare herself (days of repentance) by washing, dressing, and anointing herself, prior to presenting herself at the feet of Boaz on the threshing floor. Naomi was a street-smart Jewess, who knew that the harvest festivals were upon them. Ruth was around throughout the barley harvest “and to the wheat harvest”. That Boaz only had barley heaps on his floor was a stumblingblock to us, for at that time we fancied ourselves to be “barley”, then “wheat”, and hoped to see ourselves somewhere in this story. Apparently Boaz hadn’t seen to his wheat harvest yet... and in fact Jesus said... ”the harvest is the end of the age”, and wheat will be part of this harvest, taken from the parable of the wheat and tares. Knowing that the fall feasts were approaching, Naomi wanted to see to Ruth’s “rest”….remember? (this is our millennial rest as bride of Christ) That is, that she might be “redeemed” by this “kinsman” in whose field Ruth happed. It is interesting that Naomi told Ruth to wait to lie at his feet, until he “has finished eating and drinking”. Now, why is this little detail here... remember, that there is a sumptuous feasting the day before Yom Kippur, because the next day is a fast day. So, Ruth waited until he had eaten and drunk, and his heart was “merry” from the feasting. At midnight, Boaz stirs, (“at midnight a call was made – behold the bridegroom cometh”), and he awakens, and passes a complimentary judgment upon her, his bride to be (the judgment seat of Christ). Ruth returns to Naomi with the news of the threshing-floor encounter, early in the morning, bearing a gift of barley. Now, Naomi says, that Boaz will “not REST (bring in the millennial rest) until this thing be taken care of…”, that is the securing of the right to be a kinsman redeemer and acquire Ruth as bride in the process.
(the millennial rest or jubilee cannot occur until the redemption process is approved by the city’s elders). Boaz the next morning goes to the elders of the city and makes it all right, and REDEEMS Naomi’s property ( Israel ’s land and promises), and takes Ruth as his bride in the process.
Therefore, we come back now to the scene in heaven immediately after John is caught up to heaven (the rapture of the bride), and witnesses the Lamb being found WORTHY to open the seals of the book (the book of REDEMPTION), for in all cases of kinsman redeemers, the kinsman had to be found worthy by the city’s elders to open the scroll of the property rights of the purchased possession. We know that what Christ is redeeming here is all that was lost from the fall of Adam onward. That is why John cried when “no man could be found worthy to open the book…”.
And so it is, that the 24 elders could sing a NEW SONG, about redemption, and that redemption could only have occurred on YOM KIPPUR, and that spotless bride could have only been made spotless and without wrinkle, by the only one who could have done this on THE DAY OF REDEMPTION, or YOM KIPPUR.
So, until Yom Kippur comes and goes, I will not as yet concentrate upon the feast of Tabernacles……..it could well be that “after six days”, when Christ led Peter, James and John “up the mountain”, to see His transfiguration into His glorious body, that it was on Yom Kippur, for the deciples said, “shall we make tabernacles for you, and Moses and Elijah”, for tabernacles were built during the five days between Yom Kippur and the beginning of the feast of Tabernacles, and stocked with their harvest celebration decorations and provisions for the week.
And, if Yom Kippur comes and goes, you can be sure you will see how I will find all kinds of reasons that the Lord will return on the Feast of Tabernacles...
Importantly, we keep learning. The more we learn, the more we appreciate Him, and the majesty of His Word.
POSTSCRIPT TO MY YOM KIPPUR STUDY
And of course I leave out one of the most important scriptures, relating to the rapture on Yom Kippur, buried in this mass of notes. The "engagement or espousal gift" given to us, the church, was the "earnest of the Holy Spirit", or down-payment of that which would be made full later. Ruth was given six measures of barley, so that she would not return to Naomi without an espousal gift, or down payment from Boaz. With this earnest or partial offering of the Holy Spirit, we are "sealed" as the property of the betrothed Bridegroom, Christ. Paul tells us in Ephesians not to grieve the Holy Spirit........for we are sealed with this Spirit, until the DAY OF REDEMPTION, which is YOM KIPPUR. That's about as plain as it can be that the last day of this "partial" sealing of the Holy Spirit will be on YOM KIPPUR, for another name for Yom Kippur is: DAY OF REDEMPTION...... Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.