Maybe, like me, you’ve heard the rapture of the church or the raising of the dead in Christ as described in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 can happen at any moment. Pastor Mark Biltz, of El Shaddai Ministries, says that’s not exactly true. By looking at how God fulfilled the other prophesies concerning Christ and the church we discover a definite pattern relating to the fulfillment of these biblical prophesies.
The death, burial, and resurrection of Christ as predicted in the Old Testament, as well as the birth of the church, were all fulfilled on Jewish feast days. The Jewish feast associated with the next great prophetic event takes place this month.
While no one knows the time or date Jesus will return for the church, according to Pastor Biltz, whatever year it happens, it will occur during the Feast of Trumpets. He thinks it will also be during a Schmitah year.
7 Biblical Feasts
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4 Spring Feasts
- Passover: the crucifixion of Christ
- The Feast of Unleavened Bread: Jesus’s burial
- The Feast of First Fruits: the resurrection of Christ
- Pentecost: the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the church
All of these were fulfilled on the very day of the feasts!
3 Fall Feasts
- The Feast of Trumpets or Rosh Hashana, also called The Day of the Awakening Blast: The sounding of the shofar represents God’s regathering of his people, the Jews back to Israel (Is. 27:13) and the church to meet Him in the air. This is a two-day feast. If the pattern holds, then when the resurrection of the dead or what some call the rapture of the church occurs it should happen on one of the two days of this feast (1 Thess. 4:16-18).
- The Day of Atonement: Israel as a nation will recognize Jesus as their Messiah and will weep and mourn for the One they pierced (Zech.12:10-12).
- Feast of Tabernacles: Jesus will tabernacle among us for the 1000-year reign (Zech.14).
Pastor Biltz notes that since the Lord fulfilled the spring feasts to the day, he believes the Lord will fulfill the fall feasts to the day. You can’t have Pentecost before the resurrection. The next feast is the Feast of Trumpets. That must come before the final two feasts.
Jesus said, no one will know the day or the hour. Since this next feast lasts two days, no one knows what year, what day, or what hour. But Jesus also said, those who know the signs won’t be caught unaware. Never has there been a time when all the signs have lined up like they do now. I can only pray, “Come Lord Jesus. Come quickly!”
For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)” (Rom. 8:22-25 NLT).
Are you ready for the rapture of the church?
Rosh Hashana for Hebrew Year 5783 begins at sundown on Sunday, 25 September 2022 and ends at nightfall on Tuesday, 27 September 2022. Below are links to some YouTube videos you may find interesting.