Skeletons at the Banquet Table
I went to a family wedding yesterday that had an unusual theme. Being that it’s October, the overarching theme was Halloween, but more specifically, many of the decorations were directly from Tim Burton’s animated musical dark fantasy film titled ‘Corpse Bride’.
At the wedding banquet table, there were a pair of lifesize skeletons, dressed as the bride and the groom, saving the newlywed’s seats.
I’m undecided about how transparent I should be in sharing my thoughts and feelings about the significance of the symbolism behind the couple’s choice of theme and decorations.
I’ll just spill it.
First, I’m saddened that the first wedding two of my preteen sons ever attended was decorated like this.
A wedding is the joining together of one man with one woman, the groom and the bride, both created in the image of Jesus our Creator. The true significance of a wedding is of Jesus as the groom who is joining with his bride, the Church, for all eternity. It is both a covenant and a celebration of hope, joy, purity, holiness, life, and love.
Truth be told, the symbolism of Halloween and skeletons represent a celebration of evil spirits and death, sadness, loss and grieving, ugliness and that which is ‘filthy’ or ‘unclean’.
The officiant of the ceremony was a friend of the bride and groom. When he finished with his part a guest pastor was called up to deliver an obligatory 30-second prayer to close the ceremony.
No Bible verses. No communion. No cross. No mention of the name of Jesus.
I’m saddened and bothered. It seems that this couple places more importance on having fun and worldly entertainment than on the sanctity of marriage.
I’m not mad at them, I can’t be. Also, I don’t believe they intended to make a mockery of what a wedding is supposed to represent. Yet they freely chose to make the event their own and knew what they didn’t want it to represent.
They may sincerely believe that they are serious about each other and their public commitment to each other, but it’s hard for me to take them seriously. Their choices are more along the lines of what I would expect from unsupervised children tasked with planning an important event for adults. For some reason, the book ‘The Lord of the Flies’ comes to mind.
Their farcical wedding is a commentary on the Last Generation. Choosing death over life. Choosing the corruption of this world over God and the promises of indescribable goodness that he has waiting in Heaven for those who love him.
They chose themes tied to the Prince of Darkness rather than the Prince of Peace, the Light who came into this world, who darkness flees from. No doubt, while planning their wedding there was much laughter, hilarity, and a mindset that ‘Life is just a party’.
On our way to the wedding, while driving through the country, the sun was beginning to set. There were vineyards, orchards, and fields of grain on both sides of the highway.
Half of the grapes in the vineyards had already been harvested. Fallen apples were covering the ground in the orchards.
Grapes and apples are harvested around the time of Succot, a seven or eight-day Jewish feast that is also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, which happens to begin today, October 13th.
In the Bible, grapes represent the non-believers, grain represents the Church, and Sukkot is when the last grain is brought into the barn.
There is a full moon tonight, called a Hunter’s Moon. The moon is symbolic of the Church. Having no source of light itself, the moon fully reflects the light of the Sun as the Church reflects the light of the Son of God, Jesus/Yeshua. The full moon, in all of its glory from Christ, reflects the most light in the evening sky, when surrounded by darkness.
There is a time spoken of in Romans 11:25, a time that is quickly approaching when the “fullness of the gentiles comes in”.
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way, all Israel will be saved. As it is written:
“The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”
What if? What if the fullness of the gentiles, also known as ‘the Church’, were to coincide with the fullness of the moon on Succot one of these years? Another name for Succot is the Feast of Ingathering.
This is just a thought, not a prediction.
Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come.
– 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2
The time is near. If you haven’t yet accepted the gift of forgiveness for all of your sins and wrongdoings, an undeserved gift that can only come from the King by believing that Jesus/Yeshua is God, God who came down from Heaven, born as a male child, who lived a sinless life, taking the penalty for your sins upon himself before he died on the cross, and then rose from the dead three days later, conquering Satan and death for once and for all …then you better start believing. He can come back at any moment now.
There is an hourglass that was turned over a long time ago, and the very last few grains of sand are slipping away. A couple of thousand years may seem like a long time to us humans, but to God, it is as if only a couple of days have passed.
When time is up, it’ll be too late to join the Bride who God is coming to take away from this fallen world and up to Heaven before his wrath is poured out upon the planet, like never before.
No matter what wrong you’ve done… God is faithful to forgive you and restore you, and welcome you like a loving father into his arms. He’s waiting. Jesus/Yeshua said,
“In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”
– John 14:2
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
– Romans 10:13
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
Jesus is the Son of Man. Jesus’ original name in Hebrew is Yeshua. The literal meaning of ‘Yeshua’ is ‘salvation’.
If you want to know Truth, then in your heart, in your mind, call out to him, “Jesus Save Me!” and doors will open.
Jan Markell, of Olive Tree Ministries, discusses 15 signs of Jesus Christ’s imminent return as reflected in the current world events and individuals that fulfill Word of God.
- Calls for Peace and Security
- Business as Usual Around the World
- Mocking and Scoffing
- Rise of Wickedness
- Soaring Strong Delusion
- Surge in Mark of the Beast technology.
- Third Temple Talk
- Mideast Alignment and Activity
- Longing for a Leader
- Rome is Mystery Babylon
- A World Without Borders
- Counterfeit Christianity
- Escalating Birth Pains
- Doctrines of Demons
- Convergence of Signs
Christians currently make up just 2% of Israel’s adult population.
So this is rather significant when considering the Rapture…Israel will hardly be affected should 1% or 2% of it's population be caught up to heaven. Numbers wise, this would be somewhere around 80,000 to 150,000 people total.
In comparision, according to a 2014 study by the Pew Research Center, 3% of the adult population of the United States identified themselves as Jewish, 70.6% of the adult population of the United States identified themselves as Christians, with 46.5% professing attendance at a variety of churches that could be considered Protestant, and 20.8% professing Roman Catholic beliefs.
Even if only 1/2 of those who identify as themselves as Christians are caught up to heaven, that would be 35% of the entire population of the United States, or over 100 million people. The country would essentially cease to exist and would instantly transform from a land of law and order to disorder, or chaos or anarchy.
Think about it.
Isn't it interesting that God mentions the Sun, the Moon and the Stars in the same order as signs throught the Bible, from beginning to end, from Genesis to Revelation? God is the Alpha and the Omega, the Aleph and the Tav, the Beginning and the End. If you're not watching for signs that involve the sun, moon and stars, what are you watching for?
And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
— Genesis 1:14 (NIV)
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars;
— Luke 21:25 (NKJV)
And there appeared a great sign in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
— Revelation 12:1
Psalm 81 associates the blowing of a trumpet or shofar with an appointed time that could only be Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets) also known as Yom HaKeseh ( The Hidden Day) since it is the only 'feast day' or 'holy festival' which begins on the first of the month, being dependent on the sighting of the new moon.
Blow the shofar in the new moon in the time appointed on our solemn feast day. ( *kece : full moon or appointed time)
— Psalm 81:3
Another biblical reference to the moon being used to set the calendar for the 'appointed times' is found in Psalm 104.
He appointed the moon for seasons; ( mow'ed)
— Psalm 104:19
* another name for Feast of Trumpets or Yom Teruah is Yom HaKeseh, “The Day of the Hiding” or “the Hidden Day.” The term keseh or keceh is derived from the Hebrew root kacah, which means to “conceal, cover, or hide.”
The Barren Island volcano, India’s only live volcano, is once again active, scientists working for the National Institute of Oceanography who witnessed the volcanic activity in January said. The Barren Island volcano, located 140 km [about 87 miles] Northeast of Port Blair, dormant for more than 150 years started erupting in 1991 and has since then shown intermittent activity," CSIR-NIO said in a statement on Monday. "The volcano was erupting in small episodes lasting about 5 to 10 minutes. During the daytime only ash clouds were observed. However after sundown, the team observed red lava fountains spewing from the crater into the atmosphere and hot lava flows streaming down the slopes of the volcano." "The volcanic island is uninhabited and the northern part of the island is, as the name suggests, barren and devoid of vegetation," CSIR-NIO said. A 6 km (20 000 feet) high ash plume drifting 120 nautical miles to the southwest was reported last night.
Quite the sensational headline, isn't it? Ordinary, everyday newspapers know how hard it is to get people's attention. The truth is, such an eruption could happen, not just in Italy, but elsewhere too.
“Dear God in Heaven, please help me to live my life in such a way that it is pleasing to you. Please consider me worthy to escape the time that is coming to test this world. In the name of Jesus, my Lord, I pray. Amen.”
- Keep God’s Word, don’t just read it, that is be Hearers & Doers of the Word.
- Walk in the Light, separate yourself from the world.
- Please God by the way you live.
- Witness to others, like Enoch who was raptured, tell people “the Lord is coming”
- Love the sinner but hate the sin
- Persevere, look forward, don’t turn back to the life you’ve left.
- Be Humble
- Be Holy
- Be Blameless, make every effort to stay blameless and pure.
- Be Watchful for the return of the Lord.
- Pray always
- The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again. (Isa 24:19-20)
- March 11, 2011: Pacific coast of Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
- The 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami
- The 27 March, 1960, Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunami
- The 22 May, 1960, Chilean Earthquake and Tsunami
- The 9 March, 1957, Aleutian Earthquake and Tsunami
- The 4 November, 1952, Kamchatka Earthquake and Tsunami