While it is becoming more and more widely accepted or believed that the
rapture will occur on the Feast of Trumpets, there is another possibility to
consider. I must state here that I also have believed that the rapture could
occur on the Feast of Trumpets; but I cannot (now) rule out the
possibility of the rapture taking place on the Feast of Pentecost. I hope to
show you here that there is sufficient evidence for this to be considered a
real possibility as well.
We must start by considering Enoch and the fact that he is considered by
many theologians and biblical scholars to represent, typify, or be a
reflection of the church. Here is an excerpt related to this association (Enoch and the church) -
Quote: "Most scholars and Bible prophecy teachers alike, label Enoch,
the seventh man born from Adam through Seth's lineage, as history's first
actual prophet. Enoch is a type of those who will be caught up or translated
at the rapture of the church, an event we believe could happen at any moment.
Many in the church scoff at this teaching just as those living in Enoch's day
scoffed at him.When the Bridegroom opens the door - we as believers will be
caught up as Enoch was so long ago! We call this translation the doctrine of
the Rapture of the Church! Enoch walked with God and God took him. The writer
of Hebrews tells us a bit more about Enoch saying he "pleased God," and was
not found because God TRANSLATED him! There is not much detailed information
in the Bible about Enoch's earthly life, but we can collect important parallels
about his earthly presence and translation, and how it reveals a wonderful
picture of the future translation of the church to heaven!"
With this in mind I offer the following facts -
- Enoch was born on Pentecost (date on calendar).
- Enoch was translated (raptured) to heaven on Pentecost (again - the date on the calendar).
- The church was officially born on the day of Pentecost - with the empowerment of the Holy Ghost.
The relationship of these facts is not difficult to see and understand in
that Enoch was born and raptured on Pentecost and the church was born and
could be raptured on Pentecost. I believe this is certainly worth considering.
There is one more item to mention that may or may not tie the church to Enoch -
The church as a whole goes (mainly) by the gregorian calendar (modern day calendar)
of 365 days. So it's interesting to note that Enoch's life on earth was exactly 365
Genesis 5:23...And all the days of Enoch
were three hundred sixty and five years:
Was this to point us to the relationship between Enoch and the modern day
church? In all honesty I can't say; but as always - I don't believe in coincidence.
Only time will tell for sure!
As always, I went back to the Bible to see if there was any more information
that might support this possibility. Surprisingly enough there are several
items that seem to support this theory as follows -
The first item has to do with the layout of the chapters of Revelation. I
am currently studying Revelation more in depth and will be writing about my
findings soon. For now, I will give you a brief overview of the first six
chapters and how they seem to relate to this particular subject.
The first chapter of Revelation (to me) is an explanation and basically sets
the stage for what is to come; just as the time before Christ's first coming
was a time of instruction, setting the stage, and preparing Israel for what
was to come (Christ's first coming).
The next two chapters (Revelation 2 and 3) are all about the seven churches
- which represents the church age. What I would like for you to notice is that
there are 2 chapters just as the church age is 2 thousand years
- a definite relationship in numbering.
Chapter four in Revelation is a perfect description of the rapture. What I
would bring to your attention here is that we have chapter 4, Pentecost
is feast number 4 (in order), and it is 4 months from this feast
to the month when the last three feasts begin on Tishri 1. Again we have a
definite relationship in numbering.
To take this one step further we go to Revelation, chapter 5 and we have
the Lamb of God (Jesus Christ) taking the book/scroll with seven seals from
the hand of God in preparation for the breaking of the seals and the start of
the tribulation. Now consider this - it is exactly 4 months and 5
days from Pentecost to the Day of Atonement. So we have chapter 4 and
chapter 5 covering the rapture and bringing out the scroll, and we have
4 months and 5 days from Pentecost to the Day of Atonement.
Another direct relationship in numbering.
For those who may be wondering about the count going from Pentecost to
Atonement and bypassing The Feast of Trumpets I offer the following brief
explanation (to understand this more fully I recommend studying the sabbatical
year cycles). This goes back to the biblical traditions concerning the Jubilee
year. First it is important to know that the 6,000 years will end with a
Jubilee year. The Jubilee year is a year of restoration, just as the tribulation
period will be the beginning of the restoration of the nations and kingdoms of
the earth to being the kingdoms and nations of Christ. That understood - I have
found that while the Jubilee year technically begins on the Feast of Trumpets
- Tishri 1 - it does not officially begin until the Day of Atonement -
with the blowing of trumpets. One other thing to know is that in biblical
times any property or items sold during the first 49 years of the cycle were
written on a scroll and the scroll was sealed with seven seals (seven seals
indicating its importance). The scrolls were opened in the Jubilee year with
(again) the restoration (of land etc.) officially beginning on the Day of
Atonement. I hope you can see how that this directly parallels the opening of
the seven sealed scroll by Christ to begin the tribulation (restoration). This
is why the direct parallel of the chapter numbers with the number of months
and days may be important.
You may be wondering, well what about the Feast of Trumpets? If what I have
outlined above is correct then the Feast of Trumpets will be the deliverance
of Israel from the hands of Gog, Magog and the beginning of the redemption of
Israel as described in Joel, chapter two. This chapter (Joel 2) clearly shows
the blowing of the trumpets to announce that the day of the Lord is at hand,
calls the people of Israel to repentance, describes the invasion and
defeat of Gog, Magog by Christ, and is followed by the outpouring of His spirit
upon all flesh. Again, this chapter begins with the blowing of trumpets, and then calls
Israel to repentance - just as the 9 days of awe between the Feast of Trumpets
and the Day of Atonement - and ends with the sun being darkened and the moon
turned into blood before the great and terrible day of the Lord. Basically
this chapter describes the tribulation period following the blowing of
the trumpets. The very next chapter (Joel 3) describes the battle of Armageddon
upon Christ's return.
If things do happen as I have described here then it would not surprise me
if the peace covenant entered into between the Antichrist and Israel would
occur on the Day of Atonement - thereby making it exactly seven years (one
week) from the signing until the second coming of Christ on the Day of
Atonement seven years later.
In case you are wondering about chapter six in Revelation, here is the way
I look at it. First we must understand that all year numbers are inclusive. By
that I mean that when we reach the year 6,000 it means that 6,000 years are
completed. The best example that comes to mind is the fact that we don't call
a child one year old until they have lived for one year. In other wards, the
number of a year is actually a measure of the amount of time that has already
passed. With this in mind, Chapter six of Revelation is the breaking of the
seals on the scroll/book that begins the tribulation. I believe that the
chapter number 6 relates directly to the end of the 6 thousand
years and the start of the tribulation and the 7th millennium. I do not
believe it is a coincidence that the first seal is broken in chapter six.
There is much more to be said about the chapter numbering and the layout
of the chapters in Revelation; but the rest will have to wait until one of my
next articles - "Revelation - by the Numbers".
Another item that I find interesting enough to consider about the feasts
and the timing of the rapture is that the first three feasts were fulfilled by
Christ at His first coming, the last three feasts will be fulfilled by Christ
in events surrounding His second coming, and the one feast left (in the
middle - Pentecost) is mainly associated with the church. We should further
note that Pentecost is a celebration of the wheat harvest and consider the
parable of separating the wheat from the chaff. Could Pentecost be the time
of that separation - taking the wheat (the believers/church) away and leaving
the chaff (sinners/unbelievers)? All I can say is that only time will tell.
I will leave you with one last thing to consider. In James, chapter five
we can find a description of a total economic collapse. In the very next
chapter (I Peter, chapter 1) we find a description of Christ's second coming
in verses 7 through 9. Also note that verse seven and verse eight each end in a
colon and verse nine ends with a period. Keep in mind that by ending the
first two verses (7 and 8) with a colon and ending the last verse (9) with a
period would indicate that verses eight and nine are a continuation or further
expansion/explanation of verse seven. What does all this mean? Here is my
The economic collapse described in James 5 could be the current world
economic crisis. If it is, then I find it interesting that seven verses later
(I Peter 1:7) talks about the rapture and seven months from the U.S. stock
market crash of 777 points (on the 29th of September) is the month of Passover (the first feast). The
ninth verse (I Peter 1:9) speaks of receiving the end of our faith, even the
salvation of our souls and nine months from the initial stock market crash is
the month of Pentecost. There is more to be said about the 777 point market
crash; but for now let me just give you one item that I have noticed - Hopefully,
everyone already knows that we have been told (in the bible) that the last
days would be "as in the days of Noah". Would it be a coincidence then that
Noah's father (Lamech - see Genesis 5:31) lived for 777 years? Could the 777
point drop be a sign that we have officially entered the last days that are
"as in days of Noah? While I cannot say that this is what it all means, I will
say that it certainly should get our attention and cause us to be watching
everything that is happening very closely! As always, only time will tell for
One thing I will be watching for (based on this last item) is for the
possible appearance of a sign of some sort on or at least in the month of
Passover of this coming year. Allow me to ask you this - is it also a
coincidence that there are three verses here (I Peter 1:7-9) concerning
Christ's coming - just as Jesus lay in the grave and was resurrected on the
As for me, and I can only speak for myself, there are far too many parallels
here to be ignored, I don't believe in coincidence, and I serve a God who
does not pour out His wrath without warning. For me the warnings have been
growing in number, intensity, and clarity to the point that it is now almost
like handwriting on the wall. If these things indeed do come to pass then we
must prepare now and resign ourselves to the fact that the months ahead are going
to be extreme and will strike fear in the hearts of men. We must, as
Christians, comfort ourselves and each other with the "Blessed Hope" that is
ours. We must also share that hope with as many as we can before it is too
late!! As for me - the more I see coming together the more excited I get!!
For now - Keep looking up and may God bless and keep you in the days ahead!!! -- Bob
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