#Maranatha = #Pentecost
By Tom Gaston
I was lying in bed around 5:30 this morning and I was meditating on the Scriptures. In the process I felt led to see what the gematria value was for "Maranatha."
( KJV ) 1 Corinthians 16:22
....."If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema, Maranatha.
מ ר נ א ת א
1 400 1 50 200 40 / total = 692
The term "Maranatha" means........ "Our Lord, Come!"
[............Jehovah and the Bride, Maranatha! ( Our Lord, Come! )
י ה ו ה ו ה כ ל ה, מ ר נ א ת א
1 400 1 50 200 40 5 30 20 5 6 5 6 5 10 / total = 784 Pentecost / Shavout
[...Pentecost / Shavout...]
ש ב ו ע ו ת
400 6 70 6 2 300 / total = 784......= Jehovah and the bride, Maranatha!
Pentecost originally is when God bethrothed Israel at Mount Sinai, and the "law" which was given and entrusted to Israel at that time symbolized a "wedding contract" ( the Ketubah ) that God established between Israel and Himself.
The Scriptures tell us that the Holy Spirit is the "unction" ( KJV. 1John 2:20 ) or "the down payment." The New Testament believer has been given the Holy Spirit who has sealed them and who keeps them secure in Christ until He then comes to get what He purchased ( Eph. 1:13, 4:30; Rom. 5:5; 1Cor. 1:21-22, 6:19; 1John 2:20 ).
So the Holy Spirit who descended on Pentecost in Acts chapter 2 is symbolic of a "bethrothal", and or an "engagement ring" if I can say it this way. The Holy Spirit keeps the bride until the final "wedding day", the day when Christ comes for His bride, the Church.
Therefore what a beautiful picture Pentecost is of this "engagement." Therefore Pentecost is a very high probable time for the "engagement" between Christ and the Church to be finally consummated with the "wedding" taking place in heaven between the Bride of christ and the Bridegroom .
According to Judaism Pentecost is said to be the time that the "fruit of the trees" is to be judged. This paints a beautiful symbolic picture of the "Bema Seat of Christ" when the Church will have her "works for Christ" examined ( the fruit ) by the Lord and then given a reward for those things which glorified Christ.
Now lets examine the following Scripture below.
Deuteronomy 16:16.....“Three times in a year all your males shall appear before the Lord your God in the place which He chooses, at the Feast of Unleavened Bread and at the Feast of Weeks and at the Feast of Booths, and they shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed.
The festival which is right in the "middle" of all seven feasts of the Lord is the festival of Pentecost. When you assign these seven feasts of the Lord to a "Menorah design", then Pentecost becomes the center of the Menorah ( the middle candle ) which is the "servant lamp."
Now notice above in the text of Deut. that it states that the males of Israel were to "appear before the Lord " in a place of "His choosing." And also that these males of Israel were NOT to appear before the Lord "empty-handed." This is very important!
Notice what Acts chapter 2:1 states....."And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in "one place."
Question: What was that "one place?"
Answer: It was the upper room
The "upper room" was the designated place of "God's choosing." It was also the place where Jesus and His disciples ate the Passover seder ).
Now lets compare!
2Th 2:1....."Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him."
When Jesus comes for His Church, His Bride, then He is going to "gather together unto Himself" His church ( both the dead and living in Christ- 1Thess. 4:13-18 ). At that time the total completed body of Christ will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and then taken back to that "one place" of God's own choosing which will be His "throne room" ( God's "upper room" in the heavens ). Then God will examine our "fruit " at the "Bema seat of Christ." And according to Judasim Pentecost is the time and season for the examination of the "fruit of the trees."
Jesus said in John 15:5...."I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit : for without me ye can do nothing."
Also there is something else very important here which needs to be consider. The males of Israel were not to come "empty- handed" at these three festivals, but they were required by the Lord to bring an "offering" to present to Lord. Likewise the Church which has just been Raptured is going to "cast her crowns" at the feet of Jesus ( Rev. 4:10 ). The Church therefore which has been gathered together in "one place" of God's own choosing ( God's upper room - His throne room in heaven ) will have not come before the Lord "empty-handed" as she will present and cast her crowns at the feet of Jesus as an "offering unto the Lord."
Wow!!! What an incredible and beautiful picture, type, and shadow for the timing of the Rapture of the Church, the Bema seat of Christ, and the wedding between Christ and the Church to be consummated on the very day of none other than the important festival of Pentecost, the festival and the day that the Church was born, and also the day ( I personally believe ) in which the Church will be completed, and the restraining of the Holy Spirit will be removed.
Therefore I believe that in the future there is going to be a "reversal" of Pentecost on the very day of Pentecost, the very day and festival that the Church was born. in the future. And so Pentecost in 2017 is going to be a "high watch time" for the possible appearing of christ for His church.
In Christ, Tom Gaston