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Sept 30, 2015 The Rapture will be on Pentecost by Greg Wilson


There are two times in the year that I have always expected Jesus in the Rapture and they were on Pentecost and trumpets. Mr. Wilson has given us an excellent study of the Word to support primarily the Pentecost Rapture.

In addition to the excellent reasons given in the article I reasoned that Jesus in His perfect order will assign a whole number of years for His church harvest, that means if it started in Pentecost it will end in Pentecost.

About March of this year I was talking to my mother who was 92 years old at the time that Jesus was coming at the Rapture in this Pentecost. He did not come for the Rapture on 2015 but He took my mother the day after on May 25. Next Pentecost on May 15, 2016 I can expect a big reunion as the dead in Christ come first and then we who remain follow them in a short span of time. This is my hope and the hope of all anxious watchers in the past and present.

Nando

http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/sep2015/gregw927.htm

Greg Wilson (27 Sep 2015)
“A SCRIPTURAL CASE FOR A PENTECOST RAPTURE”

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23 September 2015

NO TRUMPETS RAPTURE

 

 

A SCRIPTURAL CASE FOR A PENTECOST RAPTURE

 

A majority of Christians today are looking for a Trumpets rapture event.  However, there is very little scriptural support for this proposition.

 

The Feasts of the Lord are Prophetic

 

The Levitical festivals of the Lord are a prophetic picture of God’s redemptive plan.  Paul says as much in Colossians 2:16-17.   This truth has been demonstrated in Passover, Unleavened Bread,  and First Fruits with the crucifixion death, burial and resurrection of  our Lord Jesus.  Pentecost was partially fulfilled by the gift of the Holy Spirit. (See Note 1)

 

Trumpets vs. Pentecost Rapture

 

Why do I say that Pentecost was partially fulfilled ?  A majority of Christians say that Pentecost was fulfilled with the “giving of the Law” at Mt. Sinai and the gift of the Holy Spirit in 32 A.D.  They treat Pentecost as completely fulfilled.    I simply question the general belief because I cannot find any Scriptural support for the Law being given on Pentecost.   We are called to “prove all things”. (1 Thessalonians 5:21)

 

There is nothing in the Old Testament which even remotely connects Pentecost with the giving of the Law at Sinai.  Moses did not associate any historical event in Israel’s early history with Pentecost, as he did with Passover and Tabernacles.    The name the Pentecost Feast (Shauvot) does not define its essence, as do the other festivals of the Lord.  There is a teaching in Jewish tradition which connects Pentecost with the giving of the Law.   It may be possible to estimate that the law was given about 53 days after the first Passover in Egypt, but it is not an event that the word of God chooses to emphasize or associate with this Feast.

The Jewish traditions about the memorial day for blowing Trumpets are enticing to associate with the rapture event.  Jewish tradition teaches that it will be the final gathering of Israel when the Messiah comes.  It is taught as a symbol of the resurrection of the dead.  They teach that the book of life will be opened on this day.  There are to be 100 trumpet blasts, with the last blast the longest.

 

The fact that the two principal rapture verses, 1 Corinthians 15:52 and 1 Thessalonians 4:17 refer to the “last trump” and “trumpet of God” are the emphatic points of interest and what connect the majority belief that the rapture is associated with the Festival of Trumpets.

 

Paul never teaches or associates the rapture with the festival of Trumpets.   However, Paul teaches that the rapture of the “Christ’s own” is associated with His resurrection and first fruits.    Christ was risen from the dead on the festival of First Fruits during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  (1 Corinthians 15:20)

 

 

The Three Orders of Resurrection

 

Paul teaches that there are three orders of the resurrection. God has an ordered redemptive plan.  By inference, we are lead to consider that Israel’s three pilgrimage feasts, (1) unleavened bread, (2) Pentecost, and (3) Tabernacles are “shadows” of the resurrection of the dead. (Exodus 23:14)

 

Christ was raised at First Fruits, during the feast of Unleavened Bread.  He is the first order of the resurrection.  Then, afterward, they that are Christ’s at His coming.  If Christ is coming for His own, we know that this is the promise of John 14:3, 1 Corinthians 15:51 and 1 Thessalonians 4:17. It is the rapture.

 

Christ’s own is the second order of the resurrection.   When is the second order of the resurrection ?  On Pentecost, the next feast or on Trumpets ?    Trumpets is not a pilgrimage feast.

 

Christ’s own have the first fruits of the Spirit.  (Romans 8:23)  So, Christ’s own are associated with His first fruits resurrection.  When he comes for His own,  our bodies will be redeemed. (Romans 8:23)  Our bodies will be transformed.  (Philippians 3:20)  The complete redemption of Christ’s own involve two stages.  First, the guarantee, the deposit of the Spirit, then second,  “at His coming”, the  redemption of the body.    The Holy Spirit was given as a deposit the moment we believed.  It is a guarantee, an earnest deposit of His Spirit in our hearts until He comes for us.   For if the first fruit be holy, the lump is also holy. (Romans 11:16)   Christ’s own are the lump.  The simple inference is that Christ’s own will follow Him as a first fruits type of resurrection.   If stage one occurred on Pentecost, as a deposit of guarantee, why should we not expect the Lord to complete His redemptive plan for “His own” on the same feast, the feast of conclusion.  Curiously, the rabbinic name for Shauvot (Pentecost) is Hag ha-Azereth, or Azereth,  meaning the  “Feast of Conclusion”.  They also refer to Pentecost as Hag ha-Bikurim, meaning the Feast of First Fruits”.

 

The Feast of Pentecost is a harvest feast, a pilgrimage feast which follows First Fruits.   This is supported by Leviticus 23:10-11; 16-17.    So, if Jesus was resurrected on First Fruits,  He will come for His own at the Feast of Pentecost.   Here is the reasoning.  The picture at the Temple at First Fruits is the priests offering God the “Sheaf of Grain”.  They waved the sheaf of grain before the Lord.  This was a pre-harvest waving of a sample of the harvest.  The  priests were doing this the morning that Jesus was resurrected.  Imagine that !   While they were waiving the grain sheaf up to the Lord, the Lord was being lifted up out of the grave.   God accepted Jesus’ sacrifice.  He is the first fruits of the resurrection.

 

Now, 50 days later, the grain crops were mature and were harvested.  On Pentecost the priest were charged to make two loaves of bread from the harvested grain.  These loaves contained leaven.  Then they waived the two loaves in the air as an offering to the Lord.

 

The “wave sheaf offering” symbolizing Christ’s resurrection as the basis for understanding  the “wave loaf offering” at Pentecost.  The sample of grain sheaf which is waved before the Lord anticipated the grain harvest 50 days later where the harvested grain would be baked into loaves of bread.  The two acts of waving the sheaf and the loaves are necessarily related.   The latter is dependent on the former.   They are so related that there is a countdown in anticipation of the seed grain being transformed into loaves of bread.   Jesus is the Lord of the Harvest. (Matthew 9:38)   Trumpets is not a harvest festival.

 

I believe that the two loaves made with grain represent Christ’s own, not Jew and Gentile because there is neither Jew, nor Greek, for all are one in Christ. (Galatians 3:28).  For God made “one new man” in Himself. (Ephesians 2:15)

 

The two loaves represent (1) the resurrected dead, and (2) the transformed living in Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:52)  These two loaves are contextually related to the second order of the first fruits resurrection.

 

In addition to all of this, Paul says that he ministered the Gospel to the Gentiles, that the “offering up of the Gentiles” might be acceptable being sanctified by the Holy Spirit.  (Romans 15:16)  Paul’s offering up description is consistent with the two loaf offering of Pentecost.  He speaks the words of a priest making an offering up to the Lord.

 

The third order of the resurrection is at the end of the Tribulation when the Tribulation and Old Testament saints will be resurrected for the Millennial reign of Christ.  (Job 19:25-26; Daniel 12:13).   The third order of the resurrection occurs on the Feast of Tabernacles, the third pilgrimage feast.  It is the harvest of fruits.   It is noteworthy that there is no offering up by the priests.  It would appear that only Jesus and His own are lifted to heaven.

 

Mysteries Associated with Pentecost

 

Pentecost is also associated with the Mysteries of God, as taught by Paul.   For me, this is an additional reason that I favor  Pentecost, rather than Trumpets for a future rapture event.   Paul does not each any mysteries associated with Trumpets.   But of Pentecost, there are many:

 

  • At the fullness of the Gentiles (rapture), the mystery of Israel’s blindness will be removed.  Romans 11:25   The number fifty is associated with fullness or completeness.  The 50 day countdown speaks to completion of the harvest.

 

  • The second order of the resurrection which includes the rapture is a mystery.  1 Corinthians 15:51   It is related to Christ’s first fruits resurrection and completes the two stage redemption of spirit and body.

 

  • Christ and the Church is a mystery.  Ephesians 5:32  Christ’s own were indwelt by His Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

 

  • Christ indwelling the believers, the hope of glory is a mystery.  Colossians 1:27

 

All of these mysteries have an intimate relationship with the Lord and His Own.  I believe it is reasonable to associate the Feast of Pentecost with these mysteries.

 

Conclusion

 

I believe that it is prudent to teach all aspects of reasoned seasons for the rapture of the true Church, Christ’s own.   While I believe Trumpets is interesting, I am compelled to view that Pentecost is a more reasonable feast to associate with a possible rapture event.

 

I believe that our Lord wants us to know the season of His return.  We are children of light, not darkness. (1 Thessalonians 5:5)  He does not want us to be sleeping, but watchful. (1 Thessalonians 5:6).  He has made His planned order known. (1 Thessalonians 1:1)  (Amos 3:7) (Proverbs 25:2)

 

Chapter 15 of First Corinthians is about the resurrection of the dead and the rapture.  There is no hint of teaching that the Festival of Trumpets is associated with the rapture.

 

I believe that bible teachers should include the possibility of a Pentecost rapture when they teach about the possibility of a Trumpets rapture.

 

Note 1:  The Age of the Law commenced on Passover in Egypt and ended with the crucifixion of our Lord on Passover A.D. 32.   The Age of Grace (Indwelling) began on Pentecost A.D. 32 and will end on Pentecost A.D. 20xx  with the rapture, the second order of the resurrection.  This is a pattern.   While I think that associating the giving of the Law at Sinai is reasonable, it is not emphasized purposefully by God.  In fact, Pentecost would appear to have no application to the Jew,  except the remnant Jewish believers in this Age.  (blindness in part Romans 11:25)  The sting of death is sin and its strength is the law.  (1 Cor. 15:56).  No man is justified by the law.  The works of the law are under a curse. (Galatians 3:10)   The law is not of faith. (Galatians 3:12)   If the law were given on Pentecost, it would seem to be a contradiction to the Spirit of Pentecost which is faith apart from works of the law.  (Romans 3:28)  It is for this reason that I believe that the Lord God did not emphasize the giving of the law at Pentecost.  Pentecost is about faith and life…in Christ, the Spirit of Prophecy, the author and finisher of our faith.

 

Sincerely, In Christ, Greg

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  1. Very good article – and you make some great points.
    You exhort your readers to prove all things, and it is in that spirit that I point out a couple of errors:

    1) You say that Unleavened Bread is a pilgrimage Feast. That would be incorrect. Passover is the first of the three pilgrimage feast days.

    2) You say that Trumpets is not a harvest feast. While true in the strictest sense, it is representative of, and seen as the ushering in of, the final harvest of the year – the fall harvest season.

    Minor points, but worth noting.

    It really is interesting. You can make a solid, biblically-sound case for a rapture at either Pentecost or the Feast of Trumpets. I have even made the case for a possibility (though not as strong, admittedly) for it being on Yom Kippur.

    You also note that Paul does not teach (misspelling of “each” in your post, BTW) any mysteries about the Feast of Trumpets. You also state that “There is no hint of teaching that the Festival of Trumpets is associated with the rapture.”

    I strongly disagree with that (as do the majority of Messianic Jews who have written about the feasts and their prophetic fulfillment). 1 Cor. 15:52 is commonly understood as a reference to the Feast of Trumpets due to the specificity of the term “the last trump” – which would have been understood by his Jewish audience as being the Tekiah Gedolah (the 100th, and LAST blast of the shofar at the Feast of Trumpets). There are too many rapture verses that are tied to a trumpet blowing to say that there is no hint of teaching that the Feast of Trumpets is associated with the rapture – Trumpets are a vital component of what we know about the rapture.

    I am fascinated by a possibility of the rapture at Pentecost, but have yet to come across an article that effectively repositions the Feast of Trumpets from a Messianic fulfillment standpoint, if it is NOT the resurrection of the dead and the rapture of the church. The “Last Trump” seems quite clearly to be associated with the Feast of Trumpets in my mind, and while I have heard reasonings for it being associated with Pentecost, I remain unconvinced at this point.

    I do totally concur with this statement you made though:
    “I believe that bible teachers should include the possibility of a Pentecost rapture when they teach about the possibility of a Trumpets rapture.”

    All that said, I found your article to be very well written and VERY informative. Another stepping stone in my digging into the Feasts and their prophetic aspects. Thank you!!

    Todd Adkins

    October 1, 2015 at 1:26 pm

  2. Micah 7
    Songs of Solomon 2:4-14
    Enoch
    David
    1st trumpet at law giving
    Sivan 6 is crucial (Shavuot specifically, not necessarily “Pentecost”
    The flood in May to June
    The days of Lot “planting” is May
    Holy Spirit given
    Book of Ruth Shavuot kinsmen redeemer
    Elisha raptured at time of bears mauling kids mocking Elisha in April to June
    Late spring/Sivan 6/Shavuot rapture
    2016 is Jubilee year. Read Isaiah 61-63
    And Leviticus 25 about Jubilee (14 times redeemed I mentioned)
    The acceptable/favorable(ISAIAH 61)/redeemed(Isaiah 63) year and the day of vengence(beginning of 7 or 10(church of Smyrna) tribulation.
    Shavuot is 6/11-6/13 in 2016. 3 days/33? Hours
    From FOT (begin trib?) to Yom Kippur (2nd coming) ((and feast of tabernacles is beginning of 1000 year kingdom)) is exactly 2550 days(Daniels 70th/trib/1260+1290) in 2016-2023, 2019-2026 and 2022-2029. Joel’s sign happened on FOT (solar eclipse) and last blood moon eclipse on Tabernacles(last feast bloodmoon Terad in 500 years and last feast solar then lunar back to back eclipses in 1000 years, and Jubilee began in the middle of this at Y Kippur 2015. And exactly the north cycle of 266 days from beginning o Yom Kippur to last day of Shavuot 2016.

    Shavuot is high watch for rapture, as well as Jubilee year. Count down 50 Omer and jubilee 50. 5 is grace in Hebrew.

    I truly believe we have max to Shavuot 2022, with possibility and day now, 7 months ???
    And cycles of Shemitahs, Jubilees and Tertrads all point to 2015 to 2018.

    Shalom and maranatha!!

    Brian Christopher

    November 8, 2015 at 1:35 am


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