Over the past 2 years of so, I have delved into some of the teaching of the bible and when the timing of the rapture could be. I once thought that it could be September 2012 due to the media hype of “The End of the World as We Know it” was blasted to all the media outlets. I watched and read many teachers claim that 2012 was the year to watch. The math made sense.
The way that some scholars got to this year was simply to know how long a generation calculated out to be.
The Length Of A Generation
We were looking at the length of a generation, which isn’t 80 or 40 years like most think it is. In fact, the length of a generation is 52 years. In order to figure this out, you have to take the amount of years from Adam to Jesus or Jesus to present time and divide that by the number of generations that the Bible lists. When you do this you get very close to 52 years. I think it is actually about 51.9 years.
The next thing that was done was to apply 52 years to the sign of the times. This happens to be the 7 day war in 1967. If you add 52 years to 1967, you get 2019.
So some speculated that because 2019 was 7 years past the 2012 “end of the world” date. There would be tribulation during these years. This has all but been truth because as of this updated post, it’s 2021. We are in the end part of a pandemic, which reached nowhere near the statistical levels needed to declare a pandemic.
So going forward, we KNOW that because Jesus will meet us in the clouds and take us back to heaven to celebrate the wedding of the church to Jesus, it makes the most sense to call it a pre trib event. Let’s go through and analyze why this will happen.
Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.Matthew 24:33
I fully understand that the rapture, or “harpazo” as the Greeks would say, could happen at any moment but after going through a 10 hour study by Perry Stone teaching on the rapture I now believe due to the happenings of 2020, God is a God of divine order.
Look at the order of the feasts that were fulfilled through Jesus.
- Passover – Fulfilled – Freedom from sin
- Unleavened bread – Fulfilled – Mark 14:1 / Acts 12:3 / 1 Cor 5:6-8
- First fruits – Fulfilled – Leviticus 23:11 / Jesus is our first fruit.
- Pentecost/Shavuot – Fulfilled – Leviticus 23:15:22 / Acts.
- Rosh Hashanah – yet to be fulfilled.
- Yom Kippur – yet to be fulfilled.
- Tabernacles – Yet to be fulfilled.
All you have to do is watch what is happening to see that order is the best way to get things done. The Father is no different in his ways.
One of the tips that God gives us to when the rapture will happen is when he says in Matthew 24:20, “Pray that your flight [from persecution and suffering] will not be in winter, or on a Sabbath [when Jewish laws prohibit travel].” The symbolism in the Bible is blatant and should not be ignored.
However when you look at this verse, it isn’t talking to christians. This verse is talking to the Jews who are looking for a kingdom setup here on earth. Christians are looking for the rapture. In fact, this verse in Matthew is talking to the Jews at the halfway point of the tribulation.
So what verse or verses can we look at to tell us when the rapture will happen? WIll it be a pre-tribulation rapture or could it be a mid trib event?
The Logic of Post Tribulation Debunked
Those that say we are not going to see Jesus until after the tribulation hits. I post this question for you.
We know that there will be a wedding feast where we are celebrating the marriage of Jesus to the church. This is the 1 week period (7 years here on earth) that is traditional in the Jewish customs. When a man gets married, it’s tradition to spend 1 week with your bride to celebrate/consummate the marriage. So the rapture is the representation of the week where Jesus and his bride, the church are spending time together and celebrating.
The rapture is not the second coming as so many believe to be true. A second coming would mean that Jesus would have to step onto the earth. In the rapture, Jesus is said to come and meet us in the clouds and take us back to heaven. 1 Thessalonians 4:17
SIDE NOTE: The bible also says that Revelation will mirror Genesis and therefore there are now things that are being mirrored from Revelation back to Jesus’ time here on earth.
We know that there are many things that are mirrored from different time periods. But does that give us the clue as to when the rapture will take place?
The short answer is: it can, but again, we must look at the symbolism and even things that are staring us in the face. The other thing that we must pay attention to is how the words are spoken. In the bible, we read in Matthew 24:36
But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[a] but only the Father.Matthew 24:36
Did you notice that He didn’t say about that year, or season? So, YES, we can know the year and the season.
There’s many traditions that Christians need to understand about the Jewish faith. One of those traditions is the menorah. Each candle represents a feast time that is observed and fulfilled. Currently, we are waiting to fulfill the feast of trumpets (Rosh Hashanah)
but he does say no man knows the hour or date when the Jesus will Rapture or Harpazo us out of here. The parable collates to the feast of trumpets, which is also known as the Jewish new year or Rosh Hashanah when the new moon comes about and they wait until the first slither of the new moon shows to start blowing the trumpets. also the feast of trumpets has 4 different sounds on blowing the shofar. What Jesus is saying in scripture is that the sounds of the shofar will sound (4 different sounds), and the dead in Christ will rise up, then those that are still living will be caught up with those in the air and so shall we ever be with Him. Immediately after this happens, the tribulation (7 years) begins. Only the 144,000 will be left behind to preach the Word of God. These left behind will be Jewish – which Perry goes into this more on a couple different sermons.
My prayer is that the lukewarm people would become either hot or cold. What I mean by that is that if you are hot for the Lord, you will surely have a place in heaven. Don’t be that person that thinks they can continue to repeat the same sin over and over and expect to have rewards when you get to heaven – if you get to heaven. I say it like that because I’m not God. I would rather be rewarded for my works here then just barely making it to heaven because I accepted Jesus’ payment on the cross for my sins.