I’m a watchman searching for signs in the skies and on the earth heralding Yahushua’s soon return. Sometimes the signs I discover have meaning, and sometimes the signs are meaningless. Every year, on the appointed time (moedim) of Pentecost/Shavuot, an ungodly ritual called Pink Pop is celebrated in the face of HaShem. Over the past few years inclement weather has dampened their revelries. This year a cloud resembling a demon appeared at the end of the festival. Then, lightening struck, and the storms raged. Was this a message from HaShem?
Bizarre thundercloud at Dutch PinkPop festival today. just before the start of the #Metallica performance... – See more at: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=658_1402345159
My opinions: Many of you realize that HaShem appointed times and seasons (moedim) for His festivals. There are three in the spring; Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits. One festival is in the summer; Shavuot/Pentecost, where HaShem gave us the Torah and His Spirit. And the final three festivals are in the fall; Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkoth. We are all commanded to keep His festivals, and not keep Halloween, May Day, and other festivals we may desire to celebrate.
I hope that unknowing Christians—although they don’t generally keep His festivals—honor HaShem in their other festivals. My feeling is that over the last two thousand years, there wasn’t a penalty assessed to Christians for violating His festival commandments; however, as we approach the Messianic Age, the blessings and the curses may become weightier. My point is that we WILL keep His festivals in a few years, and they are edifying, so why not celebrate them now?
On the other hand, pagans tend to get in the face of HaShem, and this has always been a bad idea. Nimrod (his name means "We Rebel!") got in the face of HaShem, and then he gathered the people to build a tower in the face of HaShem. Judgment soon followed. I believe that we live in the second age of Nimrod.
Kush fathered Nimrod, who was the first powerful ruler on earth. He was a mighty hunter before [in face of] Adonai — this is why people say, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before [in face of] Adonai.”
…The whole earth used the same language, the same words. It came about that as they traveled from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shin‘ar and lived there. They said to one another, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them in the fire.” So they had bricks for building-stone and clay for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city with a tower that has its top reaching up into heaven, so that we can make a name for ourselves and not be scattered all over the earth.” Adonai came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. Adonai said, “Look, the people are united, they all have a single language, and see what they’re starting to do! At this rate, nothing they set out to accomplish will be impossible for them! Come, let’s go down and confuse their language, so that they won’t understand each other’s speech.” So from there Adonai scattered them all over the earth, and they stopped building the city. For this reason it is called Bavel [confusion] — because there Adonai confused the language of the whole earth, and from there Adonai scattered them all over the earth. Genesis 10:8-9, 11:1-9 (CJB)
Most Christian theologians won’t notice a link between moedim and judgment, for they assume that they may pick and choose which verses of the Torah best suit THEIR intentions. They are right and wrong. Can we link the end time’s moedim vision found in Habakkuk to our present Babylonian Age, and to the demon cloud seen over Pink Pop?
Then Adonai answered me; he said, “Write down the vision clearly on tablets, so that even a runner can read it. For the vision is meant for its appointed time [moedim]; it speaks of the end, and it does not lie. It may take a while, but wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay. “Look at the proud: he is inwardly not upright; but the righteous will attain life through trusting faithfulness. Truly, wine is treacherous; the arrogant will not live at peace but keeps expanding his desires like Sh’ol; like death, he can never be satisfied; he keeps collecting all the nations for himself, rallying to himself all the peoples. Habakkuk 2:2-5 (CJB)