The Time of Christ’s Return

by admin on August 24, 2015 · 0 comments

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There are three raptures that have already happened – Enoch, Elijah, and Jesus. Elijah and Jesus knew to the day when they were going to be taken up. We don’t have a lot of information about Enoch’s rapture, but it’s probable if the others knew, that he knew too the day God would take him.

Concerning the coming rapture of the Church, I know that Jesus said that ‘no man knows the day nor the hour’. Some people use that verse to completely disregard watching for His coming.  Yet, we are told over and over to ‘watch’.  What Jesus did not say was that no man would ever know the timing/the season. He said no man knows. That’s present tense – not future tense. If that’s hard to believe, read what Paul said concerning this coming day: “Ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.” We know by previous verses that this day only catches by surprise those who are asleep (eyes closed, unconscious to their surroundings, no revelation). Even in Jesus’ parable of the ten virgins there was a call that went out before the bridegroom arrived (Mt 25:6).  Up until that moment they didn’t know the day or the hour, but there was an announcement made before He came.  Also, in I Thessalonians 5 Paul said that we would understand the season. As far as Paul was concerned he didn’t even have to explain the season in which this would happen. He expected them to know.

In almost every passage of scripture concerning this event we are told to watch, prepare, to be ready. The writers could have just said be prepared and be ready, so why are we told to watch? That implies that we are going to see His approaching. It suggests revelation/foreknowledge of this coming event. (Being prepared is great for us, but if we know, we can warn others of the timing.) Is there any scriptural evidence that others knew of a coming rapture – that they saw the day approaching? Yes. The prophets knew and foretold that Elijah was going to be taken. They knew to the day. Paul told us in Hebrews 10:25 that we would see that day approaching. In Revelation 3:3 Jesus warned of not watching, and not seeing the day approaching. That implies if we do watch that we will see/recognize the hour. And as I said previously, Jesus knew when He would be raptured, or ascend into heaven. We are directed to watch so that we can recognize this event. We are meant to know when Jesus will come for His Church.  That’s why He told us to ‘look up (watch) for our redemption draweth nigh’.

We know that Jesus died on the feast of Passover; that He was buried on the feast of Unleavened Bread; that He arose on the feast of Firstfruits; that He sent the Holy Spirit on the feast of Pentecost. We know that there are three feasts left unfulfilled as yet. We know that He will return for the Church on the feast of Trumpets, which is the next feast in line to be fulfilled. What is interesting about this particular feast is that in Jesus’ time they knew the season of this feast, but they didn’t know the day or the hour it would begin.  Sound familiar?

Here is why they didn’t know the day or the hour: This feast happens on a new moon (when the moon is dark). This feast begins only after an announcement of the new moon. In Jesus’ time there were those sent to watch for the horns of the moon to appear, and only then did they report back that they had seen the new moon. (This foreshadows the scriptures directing us to watch.) Because of this, it could begin on one of two days, so no man knew the day or the hour it would begin. Jesus was alluding to this day, The Feast of Trumpets, when he made the statement that ‘no man knows the day or the hour’. As added proof, when speaking of the rapture, Paul was also referring to the feast of Trumpets when he told us to watch, and of the last trump sounding at this event. By this we know that the rapture will occur on a feast day, and the last trump, or great trump, specifically points to the Feast of Trumpets.

We also know the rapture happens before the Tribulation. I know there are heated debates about this, but knowing that Jesus fulfilled the first four feasts in order is one key to understanding the timing of the rapture. The idea that Jesus will return for His Church in the middle of the tribulation is not possible. It’s not possible because the middle of the tribulation happens on the Passover feast. (It’s interesting that Passover was also when God released His wrath on the Egyptians, and the middle of the tribulation is when God begins to release the full force of His wrath on all the inhabitants of the Earth who have taken the mark of the beast.) The Antichrist stops the sacrifice on passover (midway of the Tribulation). Jesus already fulfilled Passover at His death, so the rapture cannot occur on this already fulfilled feast. Further, if we track back 3 and a half years from that midpoint to the beginning of the tribulation, we come to the feast of Trumpets. This supports exactly what Paul said about the Church first being removed/raptured and only then could the man of sin/the antichrist be revealed – ushering in the 7 year tribulation (also known as Daniels 70th week, The time of Jacob’s trouble, The Hour of judgement, The Day of the Lord). It would make sense that this seven year period would begin and end on a new year. Even more interesting is that the Feast of Trumpets, or Rosh Hashana, is the Jewish New Year.

What is all this talk about Feasts? We are in the year 2015. Yet we know the Earth is older than that, so we know the calendar we use now has not always existed. God gave the Jewish people a different type of calendar than we use now. We use a calendar based on the sun, but in Jesus time, and before, they used a calendar based on the sun, the moon, and the rotation of the Earth. In this calendar God set certain appointed times. They were called feasts, and the Jews were commanded to observe those feasts from year to year. The Jewish calendar is a little different than our calendar, so each year these feasts fall on different dates than our calendar dates. The feast of Trumpets usually falls in our month of September. This year it falls on September 13th.

I encourage you to continue to watch for the signs of His coming. Is He coming this year on the feast of Trumpets? He could. We could relate many signs that we see happening all over the world to those beginning birthpains that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 25. In my opinion there is more anticipation from those in the Church, who are watching and looking for His coming, than ever before in history. All those signs seem to be converging on September of this year. There is also more deception from the world, and the lukewarm Christians, than I have personally ever seen. Would it surprise me if He doesn’t return this year? Yes, and no. I’ve always been of the belief that a great endtime revival would happen before His return. I believe there is scriptural evidence for that, but I also believe that could happen after the rapture happens (in between the beginning and midpoint of the tribulation), because in the book of Revelation I see tremendous evidence of multitudes of people being saved during that timeframe. However, that is going to be a tumultuous time to live in, and many will lose their lives for their faith.

I leave you with these words of Jesus: Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

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