Rapture on the feast of Trumpets 10 days before 2nd advent.
(Perth - Australia)
Appendix 6 asks "When is the Rapture?" My Bible tells me it`s on the feast of Trumpets, just 10 days BEFORE the second Advent on Yom Kippur.
The usual end-time outlines are either pre-trib, mid-trib, post-trib or pre-wrath, along with their various variations. A modern-day student of the Bible is told this is your only reasonable menu to choose from. But they ALL have their underlying problems which the other views relentlessly exploit, and so the merry-go-round continues on and on with no real resolution.
The main reason for this is at least 4-fold: 1) the favored outline is superimposed upon the scriptures; 2) they don`t interpret literately or consistently at all times; 3) they throw out the law given to Moses and along with that goes the Lord’s feast days; and 4) if interpreters do accept the prophetic significance of the Fall feasts, they don`t follow the established pattern set out in the already fulfilled Spring feasts.
The right handling of the Lord's feast days as outlined in Lev 23 is the missing link in eschatology. Thus, without the missing pieces or a right handling of them you will NEVER arrive at a truely Biblical raptureology or eschatology. If you don`t have ALL the parts of the jigsaw, you may have a resemblance but never the whole picture.
Therefore, following the divinely inspired chronological and rapidly fulfilled pattern of the 4 historical Spring feasts, the prophetic significance of the 3 Fall feasts would be: 1st, the feast of Trumpets = the Rapture on the 1st of Tishri; 2nd, 10 days later on the 10th of Tishri is Yom Kippur = the 2nd Advent of Messiah when He returns physically to earth on the day of Atonement to wage war at Armageddon and gather His elect for the 3rd feast, which is the feast of Tabernacles, referred to as the Wedding Supper of the Lamb to which Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are invited (Mt 8:11). This is also in the month of Tishri from the 15th to the 22nd. To these 3 can be added a 4th feast, the feast of Hanukkah (cf. Dan 12:12), 75 days after the 2nd Advent on the Day of Atonement, and commemorates the dedication of the millennial temple and the return of the Shekinah glory. That is the divinely inspired timeline. I call it the late-trib feast of Trumpets Rapture.
So, just as the 4 Spring feasts are fulfilled in quick succession, so are the "4" Fall feasts fulfilled just as literally and accurately as the Spring feasts without dividing any of them up. Satan wants to change the appointed times (Dan 7:25) and, to our loss, so do many theologians.
I would like to add that the last Trump of 1 Cor 15:52 is not the same as the 7th Trumpet of Rev 11, but they may be fulfilled on the same day. The last Trump is on the feast of Trumpets for the Rapture, however the 7th Trumpet contains the seven Bowl judgments during the ten days up to the Second Advent and probably is on the same day as the feast of Trumpets. This is because the Messianic kingdom starts just before the sounding of the 7th Trumpet (Rev 10:7), and when the 7th Trumpet has sounded it says, "You have begun to reign" (Rev 11:15-17). This is the coronation of the King, the beginning of the Day of the Lord and one of his first acts is to Rapture his Bride (1Thes 4:13-18; 2Thes 2:1-3) and judges her (Rev 11:18). His bride the Church stays in the Father's house (Jn 14:2-3) for 10 days or as Isa 26:19-21 says "for a little while" after the rapture (v19) and before the 2nd Advent (v21).
The Rapture is on the feast of Trumpets (the beginning of the millennium and the Day of the Lord) - 10 days before the 2nd Advent on Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement, with the 7 Bowls being poured out on earth during those 10 days. Meanwhile, the redeemed are in the heavenly Jerusalem awaiting a return to earth with the victorious Messiah and then to celebrate with all God's people at the feast of Tabernacles and later at Hanukkah.
Reply from Watchman Bob:
Glen, I am happy to approve your commentary. Unlike most comments and commentaries submitted, yours reflects considerable study unclouded by popular but misguided interpretations and a clear understanding of the significance of the Feasts of the Lord in Bible prophecy. And, with a few minor exceptions as follows, I tend to agree with your end-times timeline.
Scripture does not, as you state, refer to the Last Trump being different from the 7th Trump of Revelation. It's splitting hairs unnecessarily to say they are two separate trumps.
Also, notice that the six bowls of wrath, which follow the 7th trump and the announcement that the reign of the King of Kings has begun, and which occur during the Days of Awe (if your timeline is correct), are called "the final plagues of the wrath of God" (Rev 15:1). In other words, the Great Tribulation (which is caused by the wrath of Satan, not God) ends, the Rapture occurs and the "final plagues" of the wrath of God are poured out ... all when the 7th Trump sounds.
And another point on which I differ is that the Feast of Tabernacles and the Wedding Feast of the Lamb are the same. Notice that the Wedding Feast of the Lamb occurs in Heaven, not on earth (Rev 19:7-9). Then, the King of Kings returns with His Bride (the "Church") (cf. Rev 19:14) on Yom Kippur to destroy His enemies, separate the sheep from the goats, and establish His millennial kingdom on earth. The Feast of Tabernacles is a celebration of the coming Messianic kingdom, not the wedding feast of the Lamb.
Finally, during the Millennium, the glorified Saints will reign with the Messiah over the tribes of Israel and the other nations on earth (cf. the commentary on Rev 20).
In summary, the view from Heaven is different from our view from Earth. From our earthly point of view, end-times events are seen as separate events, but from Heaven, they are seen as murals or groups of events. And the sounding of the Last/7th Trump, the Rapture, the marriage supper of the Lamb, the pouring out of the bowls of wrath, the second advent, Armageddon, the sheep and goats judgment and the establishment of the Messianic kingdom are all seen as one group of events summed up by the term "the mystery of God" (Rev 10:7).