Elul is a 30-day process of preparation through personal examination and repentance for the coming High Holy Days. The shofar is blown (purpose of Shofar?) after every morning service. Psalm 27, which begins with "The Lord is my light and my salvation,"
is also recited at the end of the morning and evening liturgy. The message from Elul 1 to Rosh HaShanah is clear: Repent before Rosh HaShanah. Don't wait until after Rosh HaShanah, or you will find yourself in the Days of Awe.
Look at Psalm 27 –
verse 5 “IN the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion…
We shouldn’t set dates or get distracted studying prophecy…but we still need to be children of light…men and women who know the times! (Daniel
WHAT OF THE SCRIPTURE: NO MAN KNOWS THE DAY NOR THE HOUR
This phrase is actually the Hebrew idiom for Rosh Hashanah", that is, "Yom Teruah" / "Feast of Trumpets/Shouting". This is the only feast day that you do not know in
advance exactly when it is going to start because it happens on the day of the new visible crescent moon of the 7th month. It is the only feast on the new moon.
Matthew 24: No Man Knows The Day
"But of that day and hour knoweth no man,
no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be" (Matthew 24:36-37).
Note that in Matthew 24:36-44 Jesus is referring to the same "coming of the Son of man" as when he says
"immediately after the tribulation of those days... they shall see the Son of man coming" (Matthew 24:29-30). Jesus isn't teaching a 3rd coming. Note that he is speaking to the same believers, the same "ye," in Matthew 24:15 that he is speaking to in Matthew
Note the exact correlation of the phrase and tense of "knoweth no man" in Matthew 24:36 and 1 Corinthians 2:11-12: "Even so the things of GOD knoweth no man, but the Spirit of GOD. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the
spirit which is of GOD." See also: "When he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth... and he will shew you things to come" (John 16:13).
Jesus said his coming would be "as the days of Noah were" (Matthew 24:36-37). GOD
told Noah when the flood would come before it came: "For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights" (Genesis 7:4). He told him because: "Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto
his servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7).
Note that Jesus comes on people at an hour they will not know only "if" they aren't watching: "IF therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon
thee" (Revelation 3:3). Paul said that if we watch for the 2nd coming it will not overtake us as a thief: "Yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night... But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake
you as a thief... let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch" (1 Thessalonians 5:2, 4, 6). Note that between the 6th and 7th vials, at the very end of the tribulation, Jesus is still exhorting us to keep watching for his coming: "Behold, I come as a
thief. Blessed is he that watcheth" (Revelation 16:15).
Before the 2nd coming, at the abomination of desolation, I believe those of us alive and still watching will know that we'll have to wait 1,335 days until Jesus comes: "From the time that the daily
sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days" (Daniel 12:11-12).