RAPTURE: If, when, or not?

‘Ready or not, here I come?

Will most church attendees even see it coming? What an event to miss.  Why are there foolish virgins missing ‘the event’ in Jesus’ parable?  Are we given a timeline or timing? Study this chart in the below picture carefully and hear my initial thoughts.

  1. Feast of Pentecost (summer) – the Rapture?
  2. Feast of Trumpets (1st fall feast) – Ezekiel 38-39 Battle Call?
  3. Day of Atonement (2nd fall feast, 10 days later) – Israel turns to the Messiah?
  4. Feast of Tabernacles (3rd fall feast, 5 days later) – future temple built? Anti-Christ covenant of 7 years?
  5. Middle of final 7 years – covenant broken and abomination of desolation
  6. Feast of Trumpets (1st fall feast – seven years later) – Jesus descends and every eye sees Him with His saints? angels gather remaining elect?
  7. Day of Atonement – Jesus pleads with the nations? destroys the wicked?
  8. Feast of Tabernacles – Jesus IS the Temple upon earth for 1000 years?
  9. After 1000 years (Revelation 20) – The old heavens and earth melt with a fervent heat; Jesus judges the lost, casts hell, the false messiah, the false prophet, Satan, and all those whose name are not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life due to their unbelief into the lake of fire that burns forever; the new heavens, new earth, and new Jerusalem are now unveiled and inhabited by the Lamb of GOD, Jesus the Messiah, forever and ever with His saints – Hallelujah!

Prophetic Timeline

Could this be the timing of what happens in the future in relation to the Feasts of Israel in the Bible? Keep in mind that the Feast of Pentecost takes place June 12th of this year (although I am definitely not setting dates which is foolish). The Feast of Pentecost is calculated by counting (‘costing’) from the first Sabbath after the Passover for fifty (‘Pente’) days – thus, ‘Pente’-‘cost’.  Those who follow the Roman state religion of Catholicism (which many ‘Protesting Catholics’ or Protestants also follow) will date all of their holy days according to pagan Easter (Ostarte or Astarte) rather than Biblical Passover (a date actually stated in Scripture as the 14th day of the first Hebrew month, leaving no room for Roman doctrine). Therefore, keep this in mind when you go to look for ‘Pentecost 2016’, since the Roman State religion of Catholicism (Bel worship in guise of El worship) dominates much of the internet date-setting for this day.

While the above possible timing is theoretical, it may be of interest to those who understand the potential relationship between the fall festivals of Israel in the Bible and the second return of Jesus, especially the fact that both the tabernacle and the temple were completed and dedicated around the time of the Feast of the Tabernacles (24th of Kislev).

Jesus gave His disciples signs of His coming in three different parallel chapters of the Gospels, namely Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21.  GOD knew that the world would be overtaken by the return of Jesus much like a man being surprised in the middle of the night by a thief.

“But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:4

fat_manThe wording “thief in the night” is associated with the wicked whenever the second physical return of Jesus to earth is mentioned.  This second coming is expected to take place at the end of the final seven years of Daniel’s prophecy.  However, there will be nobody in the media saying “here’s the beginning of the seven year period”.  My guess is that most won’t even know they’re in the final seven years of Daniel’s prophecy.

Whereas, the ‘thief in the night’ warning is for the unbelievers, the wording to believers is always ‘watch’.  I believe believers should ‘watch’ for the rapture, while the unbelievers will be overtaken by the second physical return of Jesus.

How close are we to the rapture of believers in the likely event that it takes place? How close is the physical coming of Jesus Christ to earth to judge unbelievers? And how soon will the ‘mark of the beast’, known as the number of the Anti-Christ’s name, take place? Could the ‘mark’ be preceded by the collapse of the world economy?  Is not an economic ‘mark’ sensible from a banking standpoint as QR codes and UPC codes are the norm, and border security and terrorism is all the rage today? Are not biometric IDs now available in the form of tattoos as shown in other articles on this website? Many professing ‘believers’ act today if it’s no big deal to take the ‘mark’.  What does GOD say in the Bible?

“And the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name.” – Revelation 14:11

What could be the timing of these events? Could they be as close as this coming year?

Amir - TribulationsAmir Tsarfati, a major in the Israeli Defense Forces connected to Israeli intelligence and a Christian evangelist, warned in a New Year’s message that this year would be a year of tribulation.   Pastor Jack Hibbs, a well-known pastor in California, also is connected to high-level leaders in the American government.  He also warned at the start of this year that this year would be a year of tribulations.  They were not saying it would be the tribulation period, but simply a year of tribulations.  In other words, they must know something they’re not telling us.  That should give you something to ponder.  And then there’s this quote from an article at this link by ex-BIS chief economist William White.

The situation is worse than it was in 2007. Our macroeconomic ammunition to fight [economic] downturns is essentially all used up.

When it comes to timing, let’s address the basics first before we get into too much detail – let’s address some basic signs and then the subject of the rapture.  Then we’ll sink our teeth into some more interesting matters.

SIGNS OF THE TIMES

22JOURNEYS1_SPAN-articleLargeWe are told natural disasters will escalate at the end of time.  Read the article at this link, and decide if you think we’re there.  A great number of other fulfilled prophecies regarding the end times are shown throughout this blog and on our partner political site, but the article at this link has a good deal of signs listed that have been fulfilled.

The fact that the Jewish people are in the land of Israel fulfills a massive number of prophecies.  If you look at the article regarding the Temple Mount on our site, you’ll see potential signs of how very, very close we are.  One can see right now that Israel is surrounded by every nation mentioned in the battles of Ezekiel 38 and 39, and these nations are preparing for war against Israel.  Many prophetic teachers believe this battle will start off the time of the final seven years before the reign of Jesus Christ on earth.

So while we don’t know the timeline, the Bible has given us an indication of how close we may be.  Also, what about the timing? Is there a possible metaphorical connection between the fall festivals of Israel and the second physical return of Jesus descending to earth?  And what about the possible rapture theory? Wasn’t it proposed by an ecstatic woman or a Jesuit priest or in a variety of other ways such as the Scofield Bible? I must state that the final word is what the Bible says, not what ‘historical Christianity’ says, since much of it was Romanized by Baalist priests and continued by Protestant priests. Therefore, the Bible must be our sole guide – not history or tradition.  Now I must say that I admit that there is no clear evidence of a rapture of the saints before the final seven years. Or is there?

THE RAPTURE AND THE END OF THE TIME OF THE GENTILES

435617Why does it seem that all we see throughout the Book of Revelation on the earth during the final seven years are Jewish Christians such as those in Revelation 7, 12, and 14?  Gentile Christians are shown, but usually in heaven. Why?  Is not the last seven years known as Daniel’s final prophetic completion of the total 490 years related to the Jewish people coming into the kingdom of Messiah? Isn’t that the exact central focus of the 490 years in Daniel 9 which specifically says that they are pertaining to the Jews and their city of Jerusalem?  And don’t some scholars state that this is the time of Jacob’s trouble mentioned by the prophet Jeremiah in chapter 30 of his prophetic book?

“Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” – Jeremiah 30:7

Isn’t that because the ‘time of the Gentiles’ is expected to end just before the time of the believing Jews begins again?

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.” – Romans 11:25

So what is this ‘mystery’ of which Paul speaks throughout this chapter and passage? Is it not the fact that the ‘time of the Gentiles’ will ‘be come in’, and then the time of the Jews will continue where they left off at the year of Jesus’ crucifixion which was year “483” of Daniel’s prophecy in chapter 9 of his prophetic book regarding 490 years? Did not Daniel state that the 490 years would begin with the order to rebuild the temple? Was this not about 450 years before the birth of Christ? And would that not place the Jewish prophetic timeclock at year 483 when Jesus gave His life for our sins at the age of 33 years old?  This leaves 7 years of Jewish prophetic time yet to come.

If you visit the respected Christian Apologist site carm.org, it doesn’t take much of a stand on either side of whether there’s a rapture, but it does alert you that the two main passages for its defense are 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 and I Corinthians 15; however, neither of these passages appear to be useful for a rapture event. Why?

Both passages speak of the dead rising and thus appear to be the same event

If these are the same event, then what’s the timing?

1 Thessalonians 4:16 states “the LORD Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout”.  If this is a ‘rapture verse’, then how can Christians be quietly taken out of the way  into heaven with shouting from Jesus taking place? Doesn’t this look far more like the seventh trumpet of Revelation with the voice of an archangel and a last trumpet sounding?  Does it not look more like the Battle of Armageddon in which Jesus will physically descend to earth? Do not most rapture teachers state that the rapture will take place quietly before the seven years of Daniel’s prophecies and long before Jesus physically descends from heaven at His second coming?

I hate to break it to the pre-tribulation rapture adherents, but 1 Thessalonians 4 has Jesus coming down. This disqualifies this passage as being a rapture passage.  Since this chapter is the same timing as I Corinthians 15, this probably disqualifies the passage in 1 Corinthians 15 as well as being a rapture proof text since both speak of the dead in Christ at this event.   However, I don’t think this kills the rapture theory. Or even the pre-tribulation rapture theory.

bible_blackAfter all, the entire “time of the Gentiles” is a mystery that Paul said was not revealed until his era – a time when the Holy Spirit came down upon believers during the Jewish festival of Pentecost (yes, Pentecost was a Jewish Biblical festival they were keeping). Therefore, precedent exists that GOD sometimes gives hints about the future without revealing all the details as we have seen in the Old Testament hints about the Gentiles being grafted into the Jewish faith of the Messianic promises, while keeping the ‘time of the Gentiles’ or the age between the 69th week and 70th week of Daniel a complete mystery which so far has lasted two thousand years.  That’s a lot of time to keep a mystery from the Old Testament prophets, but we see historically that it was a mystery GOD kept from them.

Thus, with precedence of only hints being given (i.e. no ‘hard evidence’) for this astounding mystery of gigantic proportions which we now know as the birth of the ‘called out’ congregation of GOD consisting of both Jews and non-Jews, we thus see the ‘rapture’ as being a viable theory and another extremely possible mystery that has lots of hints but no ‘hard evidence’. Revelation 3 also hints at Jesus rescuing the Sardis congregation (i.e. ‘rapture’), but not the Philadelphia congregation unless they repent. To the congregation of Sardis, Jesus states:

“Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. 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

As mentioned previously, the ‘thief in the night’ wording seems to always be connected with the physical return of Jesus at the end of the seven year period. Thus, it is interesting that to the congregation in Philadelphia, Jesus seems to promise to keep them from this final seven year period of astounding tests:

… Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of trials, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” – Revelation 3:10

Law-ScrollFurthermore, Paul tells that at the end of the “time of the Gentiles”, we will see the time of the Jews returning and there is a prediction in both the Old and New Testaments that all of Israel will be saved in one day.

“Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH. For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. ” – Zechariah 3:8-9

“Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If it be marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvelous in mine eyes? saith the LORD of hosts. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country; And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.” – Zechariah 8:6-8

“Isaiah also cries concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved” – Romans 9:27

“Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. … For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” – Romans 11:5, 25-27

“Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I turn back the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name; After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid. When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.” – Ezekiel 39:25-29

holy-spirits-outpouringIn this last passage, we see at the end of the battles of Ezekiel 38 and 39 that the Spirit is poured out upon the Jews.  This appears to be connected to the day when all of Israel is saved.

And then there’s the 144,000 Jewish Christians shown in Revelation chapter 7 who come from the twelve tribes of Israel. Where are these 144,000 Christian Jews today?  I believe this pouring out of the Spirit is where they emanate and I believe that the “time of the Gentiles” will already be over for several reasons.

Also, keep in mind that multiple times throughout the Old Testament prophecies and also in the New Testament such as in the passages from Romans 9 and 11 above, there is a mention of a remnant from Israel in the last days.  In Zechariah 14, for example, we read:

“Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, And your spoil will be divided in your midst. For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The houses rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.” – Zechariah 14:1-2

“But now I will not be unto the remnant of this people as in the former days, saith the LORD of hosts. For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things.” – Zechariah 8:11-12

“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” – Revelation 12:17

“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.” – Joel 2:32

“And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.” – Micah 4:7

“Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travails [as in child birth – metaphorically speaking] hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.” – Micah 5:3

“Who is a God like unto thee, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? he retains not his anger for ever, because he delights in mercy.” – Micah 7:18

“The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.” – Zephaniah 3:13

“Isaiah also cries concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:” – Romans 9:27

Have you read 2 Thessalonians 2? Many teachers believe it is a reference to the Holy Spirit being removed from the earth.  Could this be when Christians are removed as well?  After all, the Bible is clear that the Holy Spirit is the believer’s seal of redemption.  Wouldn’t it be strange to have the ‘Seal’ removed, but not the believers?  I would find that strange indeed.  Thus, I believe it very well could be that believers are also removed at this time. 2 Thessalonians is also very clear with the timing.  The ‘restraining’ that restrains will be removed out of the way and then the Anti-Christ will be revealed.  It also states that the second coming of Jesus at His physical return to earth will come after the man of perdition or the Anti-Christ is revealed.  Hmmm.  In other words:

  1. Restraining that restrains is removed.
  2. Anti-Christ is revealed.
  3. Second coming takes place.

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now you know what withholds that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now lets will let, until he be taken out of the way.  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:” – 2 Thessalonians 2:3-8

After walking through the Greek slowly word-by-word through the above two verses above highlighted with underlining and bold font, I rendered the following translation from the original Greek. In other words, I was checking to see if the Greek actually said the words in red above “he be taken out of the way” or if the translators were just adding the “he” for understanding which is standard translation procedures, and the answer was that they added the “he” to the sentence to help it make sense.  Knowing this, those two verses read like this:

“And now you perceive the restraining that he reveals in his time. For the mystery of the lawlessness already works; only this restrains now momentarily until out of the way becomes.”

In other words, this could mean that the restraining power of the Holy Spirit is taken out of the way (and many scholars do believe this to be true).  I would like to add one further note however. Since “he” is not in the original Greek, it reads “until out of the way becomes”.  This knowledge allows us to add another possible thought regarding this passage.  If the Holy Spirit is removed, could the Christians also be part of the restraining on earth?  Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 5?  If the salt loses its savor, it is good for nothing, and this seems to indicate that Christians are a type of salt that help to preserve society.  With the Holy Spirit and Christians removed, it would make sense that there would no longer be any restraining for Satan and his false messiah and false prophet to do their dirty deeds and delude the people of earth.  Also again, would GOD really remove the Holy Spirit from His people and leave them without the ‘Seal’ of their redemption?

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In this above passage, I find one of the most convincing arguments for a rapture.  In many ways, I would imagine that if there is a “rapture”, then it would make sense that it would end what Paul the apostle called the “time of the Gentiles”.  Therefore, although there’s no hard evidence for a rapture, there is soft evidence (and not just in this passage alone). However, there’s no need to distort or warp passages like I Corinthians 15 or I Thessalonians 4:16-18 and turn them into ‘rapture’ passages when they’re obviously passages about the second physical return of Jesus to this earth at the end of the seven years.

Matthew 24 is also another passage about the second physical coming of Jesus that is typically used as a ‘rapture’ passage.  Although the entire chapter is fairly much speaking of the second physical return of Jesus, there is one spot in the chapter that could very well be an excellent indication of a rapture, but to my knowledge it has been overlooked by almost the entire community who believe in a ‘rapture’.  This ‘soft evidence’ is found in Matthew 24:38-39 which says:

“For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And [the unbelieving wicked] knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

Notice it says that the coming of Jesus would be likened unto how the days of Noah were fairly normal with standard fare such as eating, drinking, marrying of people, and then suddenly like a flood the second physical return of Jesus will come.  So where’s the possible soft evidence for a ‘rapture’?  In the phrase “until the day that Noah entered the ark and [the unbelieving wicked] knew not until the flood came“. The flood will come suddenly to the surprise of the unbelieving wicked.

The entering of Noah into the ark did not come by surprise. Noah knew it was coming and was anticipating it.  The wicked didn’t even notice Noah entering the ark most likely since Noah and his family had probably come and gone from the ark many times.  In other words, Noah entered the ark while things were fairly normal and nobody really even noticed.  The sudden surprise came later. It wasn’t until the flood came suddenly that people were taken off-guard.

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Sacrifices to Molech of the Baal sun worship religion, similar to the human sacrifices that took place on the festival of Dionysia around 500 B.C. or in more recent times during Saturnalia (X-Mass).

Here we see Noah’s entry into the ark as a possible metaphor for the Body of Christ and the Holy Spirit being taken into ‘the ark’ of heaven while the world barely notices.  That explains why Jesus’ second return is going to take everyone off-guard.  They will all think they’re doing GOD a favor by surrounding Israel and punishing them, especially with the ‘replacement theology’ sweeping through many congregations which seeks to deny Israel’s Biblical place in the future plan of GOD.  Many, if not, most today who call themselves ‘Christians’ are so far out in spiritual ‘outer space’ that they really have no idea how lost they truly are as they float in massive layers of heresy spoken by men like Tim Keller, John Piper, C.S. Lewis, Billy Graham, and many other false teachers as shown in detailed, documented evidence on this website.

Almost all of those claiming to be ‘believers’ today are playing the music of demons in their congregations, practicing charismatic spiritualism like shamans, dressing like naked savages in their communities, seeking entertainment with filthy, occult, and pagan material, drinking like fish, cursing like sailors, piercing themselves and defacing their bodies like heathen primitive tribes, while all the time talking about how a ‘revival’ is sweeping America.  Most of these people are well-described in the congregation of Laodicea found in Revelation 3 which GOD states He will ‘vomit out of His mouth’ metaphorically speaking. Will they even notice that the true believers are gone?  It’s very doubtful. Remember the great falling away that is to precede the revealing of the Anti-Christ.  I believe we are living in that era.  The Greek word ‘apostasia’ for ‘falling away’ is rooted in the Greek word ‘apostasion’ that means ‘divorce’.

With the amazing amount of heresy being touted in even ‘conservative’ or ‘fundamental’ congregations today, I really don’t think most people will even notice that believers are missing.

Love speaks TruthThis make sense that after the believers are gone like Noah into the ark that nobody else notices them missing, and the world celebrates their False Messiah, their False Prophet, along with their false grace, false peace, false love, false worship, false godliness, false brethren, false version of Christianity, and false one world religion under the reign of Satan.  Then sudden tribulation will come upon them like labor upon a woman.  They will surround Israel and will quite possibly blame them for all of their problems. Then Jesus will appear in heaven with His saints.  I really don’t think the false believers in most congregations and the rest of the world will be expecting this to happen. The remainder of Matthew 24 even seems to preach this message. Since the False Messiah is indeed both ‘against’ and a ‘substitute’ for the true Christ, it would be no surprise if the world believes they are doing GOD a favor by rooting the Jews out of Israel, much like many Catholics for over a millennia acted as if they were doing GOD a favor by killing Jews and true Christians. Prepare for a possible similar type of world in the near future.

It will be like 1 Thessalonians 5 says – a surprise like a thief in the night to the unbelievers who just might be horrified that their ‘good works’ aren’t so righteous, their love, grace, and religion isn’t genuine, and that they only have a form of godliness, but are denying its true power.  However, the true believers will not be taken by surprise as 1 Thessalonians 5 also says, and if they are already taken away with the Holy Spirit, this makes perfect sense.  I believe II Thessalonians might possibly be the closest passage to giving us the exact order of what prerequisites and events need to occur and when.  The rapture, the Anti-Christ revealed, and then the surprise second coming of Jesus that the self-righteous world didn’t expect with all their false world peace and celebration of demonic activity in the name of piety.

POSSIBLE TIMINGS FOR THE RAPTURE AND END TIME EVENTS

Could the rapture take place at Pentecost or at least in the summer time?  Song of Solomon chapter 2 states:

“The voice of my beloved! behold, he comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he stands behind our wall, he looks forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice. My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.” – Solomon’s Song of Songs 2:8-14

armageddon_valleyNotice the Groom in this love song is speaking to His Bride from up behind the lattice of His windows.  He is not descending to His Bride. He is asking her to come up to where He is.  We are also told the timing – summer.

The rains in Israel continue through around the end of April.  In this passage, the rains are ended and the tender grapes on the vines give a good smell.  This speaks of summertime.  Also, the Bride seems to be hiding in the clefts of the Rock and in the secret places of the stairs.  It makes one wonder if she is facing persecution.  Multiple times throughout the prophets of the Old Testament and in the writings of the New Testament, the fig tree is used as a metaphor for Israel.  In this passage, we see the fig tree is putting forth her green figs.  This leads one to wonder if it is speaking of a young Israel sprouting forth, not yet ripe as they will be at the end of the seven year period, but still a new nation if this symbolism applies. Did you know that this summer, Pentecost will take place on June the 12th right after the rains of Israel are ended and at the start of summer?  I am not setting dates, but I am suggesting a theory of a possible Pentecost date either now or in the future … but this is only speculation.

In the article at this link the timing of when the ‘time of the Gentiles’ will be fulfilled is discussed more in-depth. We must be careful with the assumption that ‘the time of the Gentiles’ and the trampling of Jerusalem coincide; however, I believe it’s possible that ‘time of the Gentiles’ could simply be related to the mystery of the ‘called out’ Body of Christ and their era, and not necessarily parallel with the trampling of Jerusalem by Gentiles. Let’s look at two passages of Scripture:

” … and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” – Luke 21:24b

“But do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months.”  Revelation 11:2

We have two elements here:  1) the ‘time of the Gentiles’ (which most surmise from Scripture to be the gap between the 483 years and the final 7 years of Daniel chapter 9’s 490 year prophecy), and 2) the treading of the Gentiles upon Jerusalem.  A quick glance at these passages would have someone placing the time of the Gentiles ending at the same time that Jerusalem is no longer trodden by Gentiles.  However, it could very well be that the time of the Gentiles may end a few years prior to the trampling of Jerusalem by the Gentiles being completed.  However, the reverse could not be true. Why?  Luke 21 denotes that the Gentiles will still be treading upon Jerusalem when the time of the Gentiles ends. Thus, the time of the Gentiles could end just prior to the final seven years of the Jews and Jerusalem restarting (from when they stopped at the Messiah’s crucifixion as the 483 years were completed).  And it also appears that while the ‘time of the Gentiles’ could end before the final seven years, on the other hand the treading of Jerusalem appears to end around halfway through those final seven years according to Revelation chapter 11.

The ‘time of the Gentiles’ appears to be a time when the ‘time of the Jews’ is not taking place. When is the ‘time of the Jews’?  Again, we point you to Daniel 9’s prophecy where we see that 490 years were prophesied concerning the Messiah’s tasks being completed for two important focuses: the Jews and Jerusalem. In fact, Daniel 9 is all about the Jews and Jerusalem and it is the main focus.  So we’re told by Daniel in that chapter that 490 years were appointed for them.  We perceive in this 490 year time-frame what appears to be three basic segments of time.  First, 49 years for the ordering of the rebuilding of Jerusalem and its completion right at the end of their 70 year Babylonian exile.  Secondly, 434 years from the completion of Jerusalem to the time that Messiah is cut off (the crucifixion).  The sum of these first two equals 483 years. Third, a final 7 years that would wrap up the total 490 years.  A gap occurred between the 483 years and the final 7 years simply because Israel rejected their Messiah. This is why the 490 year timeline was put on pause.  But it wasn’t a surprise to GOD.  He had already hinted at this mystery in the Old Testament about turning to the Gentiles for a time, and about Israel being scattered among the nations for many years (the Diaspora).  So when will the final 7 years start again? When the ‘time of the Gentiles’ are fulfilled.

While some may differ, I have found myself with the opinion that the ‘time of the Gentiles’ will end (i.e. with the ‘rapture’) prior to the final seven years of Daniel’s prophecy. With that in mind, let me give you my theory on some of the possible timing of the final years.

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Remember how Jesus ascended from the Mount of Olives and afterward the angels told his disciples that Jesus would return the same way that they saw him go.  We are also told in another passage in Zechariah 14 that the Messiah (Jesus) would descend upon the Mount of Olives and split it in half as He returns for the Battle of Armageddon at His second coming.  In this way, Jesus ascended from the Mount of Olives and He will descend someday upon the Mount of Olives.

Following this logic, think of the Holy Spirit.  He descended upon Pentecost.  Is it possible that He will ascend (taking the Bride of Christ with Him and ending the ‘time of the Gentiles’) on Pentecost as well?  What’s special about the Bible festivals? And how do they relate to prophecy?  Well, the first coming of Jesus was seen to be tied directly to the spring festivals of the Bible, so therefore it is possible that the fall festivals are related to the second coming of Jesus (since none of them appear to have been fulfilled by the first coming of Jesus). For example, the first coming of Jesus appears to have been related to Passover (the timing of Jesus’ death as the Passover Lamb), the Feast of First-Fruits (the timing of Jesus’ resurrection), and Pentecost (the timing of the Holy Spirit’s descent upon the Body of Christ).  The basic fall festivals of the Bible are:

  • 7th month Tishri – 1st day: The Feast of the Trumpets
  • 7th month Tishri – 10th day: The Day of Atonement
  • 7th month Tishri – 15th day: The Feast of the Tabernacles
  • 9th month Kislev – 24th day: The Feast of Dedication

Trumpets were used for warning, war, and music in the Old Testament.  Could the battles of Ezekiel occur on the Feast of Trumpets? Could the appearing of Jesus take place on the Feast of Trumpets as the final seventh trumpet of the Book of Revelation is blown?  It’s possible, and I admit it is speculation, but it is intriguing indeed.

When you think of the return of Jesus physically to the earth, think of how compassionate He is.  As he lands on the Mount of Olives and splits it into two halves, creating a valley between the two sides, keep in mind what the Scriptures say.  Jesus does not appear eager to shed blood in the Battle of Armageddon … not until He has made a plea to the nations.

“A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.” – Jeremiah 25:31

“I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” – Joel 3:2

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“Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning. Keep me burning till the break of day.”

These are only possible timings and others may have their own theories, but there does seem to be a lot of history and possibilities in these scenarios of the fall festivals being a fulfillment of Jesus’ second coming.

However, there have been so many false prophets setting dates for the rapture that it has become a joke.  I do not want to sound like an alarmist as many of these false prophets who make filthy money from their books and TV shows; however, we are close, children of the Holy Father.  We are very close. Most of those calling themselves ‘Christians’ today look more like the children of Satan.  Remember the ten virgins? Only five were ready for the Wedding of Jesus the Groom and His Bride the Body of Christians.  If we think of Jewish Weddings, they often had a period of betrothal that began with a prayer, a giving of a token of value, followed by a betrothal period.  Then upon the completion of the betrothal period, the Groom would wed the Bride and have the Wedding Feast.

Wedding2If we think of salvation as beginning with the prayer of faith, whether verbal or unspoken, followed by the giving of a token, the Seal of the Holy Spirit, followed by a ‘betrothal’ period called the ‘Erusin’ by Jewish customs, then we see a connection between traditional Israeli weddings and how Jesus interacts with His Bride.  Keep in mind that “Erusin” (betrothal) literally meant ‘sanctification’ and was a time for the Bride to become sanctified as She prepared to be more like what the Groom desired.  That is much like the life of the Body of Christ throughout the past two millennia.  Then following this betrothal or period of sanctification, we see the Groom takes his Bride under the Tent for the wedding where He weds her.  This is the point where the foolish virgins (which appear akin to our modern ‘bridesmaids’) were not ready.  Half of them missed out on the Wedding and the Wedding Feast.  Yet they were still ‘virgins’ and not ‘harlots’, so some have proposed that this means only the faithful believers will be taken in the rapture as seen in the contrasting statements that Jesus made to the congregations of Sardis and Philadelphia.  Whether this theory is correct, I think it behooves all believers to be watching, because is that not exactly what Jesus said for us to do?

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Imagine that all the genuine Christians were taken out of this world by a ‘rapture’ tomorrow.  Many of these true believers pursue holiness like the Messiah instead of this present world.  Many of these true believers still trust Jesus for salvation and not their own works.  So let’s be honest – true believers would probably not even be missed.

Most church-goers today attend out of tradition, trust their own works, assimilate the pagans around them, and would probably be thankful to no longer have to see Bible verses and spiritual comments on their Facebook or Twitter stream from true believers. They could then feel comfortable with their Harry Potter, Charmed, Priest, and other occult shows. They could enjoy their heretics who teach work salvation, false grace, and pagan assimilation without being pricked in their conscience.  They could act like a Baal worshiper in their music, dress, holidays, entertainment, and lifestyle without rebuke.  They could follow a false prophet like the Pope with the rest of the world into an era of false world peace, while worshiping a false messiah who pretends he is ‘GOD’, and he’ll probably look a lot like what most people would desire for their ‘god’ – someone who gives them whatever their flesh craves.   I think the world is ready for deception.   Even so come, LORD Jesus!

 

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