Many of us watching for the Lord’s return for His Church have gone through each of the seven annual feast days with intense excitement, considering how each feast might point to the rapture as a fulfillment. The Body of Christ is waiting, eager, and very weary as the watch dates come and go. But, we soldier on—with the Spirit’s aid, of course.
Passover is the first of the spring feasts and begins a week of commemoration of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. This is the feast most clearly connected with the Church, and therefore most likely an appointment for the rapture. Perhaps the Church will be redeemed on the same day of the year that it was purchased with the blood of Christ.
“When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:14)
There is much to suggest that 2018—more precisely, Hebrew year 5778—is a jubilee year, which is an ancient edict from God to hold every 50th year as an emancipation of debts, slavery, and imprisonment; in other words, a time of total liberation. Think rapture, the next great exodus of God’s people from the bondage of this world. Passover this year begins on the Sabbath evening of Friday, March 30. The next day is a blue moon—the second full moon in a month—and it is the second blue moon this year, a rare event that hasn’t occurred since 1999.
Based on my studies, the rapture of the Church must occur prior to God’s wrath, also called the Day of the Lord — “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9)
In the timeline of Revelation, God’s wrath is first announced at the 6th seal, twice. Isaiah 13 also clearly describes the 6th seal of Revelation as commencing God’s wrath — “Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the land a desolation and to destroy its sinners from it. For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be dark at its rising, and the moon will not shed its light. I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant, and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless. I will make people more rare than fine gold, and mankind than the gold of Ophir. Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken out of its place…” (Isaiah 13:9-13) — In this passage, the Day of the Lord is referred to as God’s “wrath”, and describes it in a manner identical to the 6th seal of Revelation.
If the 6th seal commences God’s wrath, then the rapture takes place no later than the 6th seal, which is why the very next chapter shows the Church in heaven before the 7th seal is even opened — “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.” (Revelation 7:9-10)
Now, back to my original point, we curiously find that the 6th seal takes place during a full moon — “I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the full moon turned blood red…” (Revelation 6:12) — The Greek word there is “holē”, meaning “whole”, or “full”.
I think it would be wise to consider that God’s wrath will begin as soon as the rapture occurs, making the timing of the rapture on or very close to the full moon that turns to blood at the 6th seal. The only feasts that occur on a full moon are Passover and Tabernacles.
“My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey. He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon.” (Proverbs 7:19-20) — Yes, this passage is referring to the Bridegroom, Jesus, and may be a hidden pearl of wisdom as to the timing of His return—at the full moon, referring to the Feast of Passover.
The timing of the rapture should be almost synchronous with the beginning of God’s wrath on earth, and it is almost certainly during a full moon that turns blood red (supernaturally?) at the opening of the 6th seal.
“Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.” (Revelation 3:10) — That, my brothers, is a promise from Christ Himself that we are off to heaven at that baleful and bloody full moon… none of that “post-trib” nonsense.
The Book of Enoch (a text legitimized by Jude 1:14-15) seems to prophesy of the rapture of the Church and the beginning of God’s wrath on earth, relating these two coinciding events to the Feast of Passover.
The following passages are from Enoch 58:1,4-7.
“In the year five hundred, in the seventh month, on the fourteenth day of the month in the life of Enoch.“ (That’s civil date 7/14, PASSOVER)
“In that Parable I saw how a mighty quaking made the heaven of heavens to quake, and the host of the Most High, and the angels, a thousand thousands and ten thousand times ten thousand, were disquieted with a great disquiet.“ (“…I will make the heavens tremble…” — Isaiah 13, speaking of the Day of the Lord, God’s wrath; “…the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up” — Revelation 6:13-14, the 6TH SEAL, WRATH BEGINS)
“Until this day lasted the day of His mercy; and He hath been merciful and long-suffering towards those who dwell on the earth. And when the day, and the power, and the punishment, and the judgement come, which the Lord of Spirits hath prepared for those who worship not the righteous law, and for those who deny the righteous judgement, and for those who take His name in vain–that day is prepared (The DAY OF THE LORD), for the elect a covenant (The New Covenant, a covenant sealed with Christ’s sacrifice on *PASSOVER*), but for sinners an inquisition.”
Passover commemorates the event in which the angel of death slew the firstborn of every household that wasn’t marked with lamb’s blood, a symbol of the sacrifice of Christ, our Passover Lamb, sparing all who believe from the wrath of God.
“Because the Lord kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt, on this night all the Israelites are to keep vigil to honor the Lord for the generations to come.” (Exodus 12:42)
Just as the Israelites were commanded to commemorate Passover as the night when their liberation from Egypt commenced with the exodus, and to hold a vigil on this night, we Christians are told numerous times in the New Testament to stay awake and keep vigilant for the Bridegroom, who returns like a thief in the night, so that we may be depart from this fallen world in the rapture — “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.” (Revelation 16:15)
“… for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.” (1 Thessalonians 5:2)
“If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.” (Matthew 24:43)
“What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’” (Mark 13:36)
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’” (Matthew 25:1-6) — Just like the Passover event in Egypt, the time of the Bridegroom’s coming in the parable of the ten virgins is set at night; and just as a cry was heard in Egypt over the slain firstborns, so too in this parable is there a great cry to announce the Bridegroom’s arrival.
We find in the Bible a perfect parallel between the historical Passover event and the prophecies of the rapture—a sudden moment in history when the righteous are delivered and the wicked are punished—which will be fulfilled when the 6th seal of Revelation heaps disaster on the world while the Church is simultaneously taken to heaven.
The timing is right. Right now, the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East is setting up a perfect fulfillment of Ezekiel 38, which prophesies the start of God’s wrath and the great 6th-seal earthquake coinciding with the attack against Israel that recent headlines have been anticipating — “This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign Lord. In my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. The fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the beasts of the field, every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people on the face of the earth will tremble at my presence. The mountains will be overturned, the cliffs will crumble and every wall will fall to the ground.” (Ezekiel 38:18-20)
‘ESCALATION ON THE NORTHERN FRONT: ISRAEL MUST PREPARE FOR WAR’
The Jerusalem Post — February 12, 2018
The “Gog” that attacks Israel in Ezekiel 38 is widely believed to be modern-day Russia. on March 1, Russian president Vladimir Putin unveiled his terrifying new generation of weaponry, such as an intercontinental, nuclear-tipped, supersonic ballistic missile that is too fast to be intercepted by defence systems. Russia’s advancing military presence in Syria’s proxy wars are starting to feel a lot like a secret mustering to war on Israel’s doorstep. Putin’s recent vow to decrease Russia’s poverty level by half in the next six years is probably what will draw him into battle with Israel for its wealth and resources, namely the Leviathan gas field—the hook in Gog’s jaw.
Ezekiel 38:10-16 — “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme. You will say, ‘I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living without walls and without gates and bars. I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.’ Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all her villages will say to you, ‘Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?’ Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it? You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army. You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land.”
As I said, the timing is right, and the iron is hot.
A rapture this Passover seems highly likely.
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” (Matt. 25:13)
Can anyone know the day or the hour of the rapture? Not for certain, but if there were no clues, Jesus wouldn’t have commanded us to “watch”.
In Luke 12, not knowing the day and hour almost seems to be a punishment exclusively reserved for the unfaithful who don’t remain vigilant, as opposed to being the standard condition for all Christians — “But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers. The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” (Luke 12:45-48)
I suggest that it is possible to know the master’s will, and to accordingly “get ready”.
And the master’s will is to “watch” the signs indicating the timing of His coming!
The Spirit be with us all in this last hour, with lamps burning bright.