One Year Closer to the Rapture

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This year Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on September 8th (Wednesday) and ends at sundown on September 10th, 2010 (Friday).

Even though we don’t believe in setting dates for the Lord’s return, we do pay special attention to the fact that He will come suddenly one day, and it could be near the Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashanah.  Because of that, we conduct a “Rapture Drill,” just in case this glorious event should take place during this season.

Rosh Hashanah is also known as “The Feast of Trumpets.” The sounding of the trumpet is a key element of the prophecy of the Rapture of the Church in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, and 1 Corinthians 15:52. It is also noteworthy that the Feasts of Israel are symbolic of major future events in Christianity.

What do we do during this exercise? We make sure we are spiritually ready and active – living for the Lord instead of for our own selfish interests. We share the Gospel with people we know who have not yet accepted Christ. And we purposely place  Bibles, instructions about how to become a Christian and books about prophecy in conspicuous places.

For more about the significance of the Feasts of Israel, see our blog from last year called “Rapture Drill”.

So, will the Rapture take place on Rosh Hashanah?   Again, we don’t believe in setting dates, and Jesus said plainly that we could not know exactly when He will return, and that it will be at a time that we don’t think it will happen (Matthew 24:42-44, Matthew 25:13).  But we should always be ready.  Why not practice readiness now?  Besides that, we can confidently say that this Rosh Hashanah brings us one year closer to the Rapture, and the world conditions make us know that the End Times are near!

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12 Responses to One Year Closer to the Rapture

  1. Benjamin says:

    Hello Ron. Great post. I too have considered a “Rapture Drill” (though have not yet embarked on doing so) and do believe that September seems the most likely time for the arrival of our Lord Jesus Christ. But as you say, it is not for us to know, or speculate, merely, were are to prepare for that glorious day. Take care and God bless!

  2. Hi Ron,

    I’m with you on not setting dates. I well remember the fellow back in the eighties who predicted that the rapture would happen on Rosh Hashanah in ’88. It didn”t, and he was exposed to the world as a man who denied God’s Word by claiming to know that which is hidden by God. He is almost surely a Christian, but he became misguided in that effort.

    I would urge you to visit my website, and perhaps purchase a copy of my book. I would also be happy to mail you a copy free of charge if you would like. I’d need the pertinent address info. When I finish here, I’ll order a copy of yours.

    Midnight Rising is not a book of sensationalist drivel, but a calm exposition of portions of the prophecies of Daniel and Ezekiel and John. In particular, it addresses the first beast of Rev. 13, and how we may determine his national origin. Thus we can discern the times and the seasons when we see a world-renowned peacemaker brokering a treaty between Israel and “many.”

    Dr. Earl Radmacher wrote the Foreword for Midnight Rising, and shifted a view that he had held and taught for his entire Christian career on account of this small book. he read it in one sitting, as have many others.

    I would be interested in engaging in a dialogue with you if you are likewise interested.

    Bill Simpson

  3. BTW, I should point out that there is another book with the same title on the market. It is a vampire/witchcraft novel. At first, I was horrified to find that it was out there, but I have come to realize what a brilliant stroke of genius by God it was, to place my book alongside this one. Those who seek her book may well find a refreshing alternative to such darkness as she presents in hers.

  4. ken switzer says:

    Yeah, it is also very interesting that Rosh Hashanah is the only Jewish Feast that begins on a “new moon” — meaning that no one knows exactly when the “new moon” comes in — give or take a day.

    So – No Man will know the “day or the Hour” of Rosh Hashanah — and/ or that of the rapture.

    I am not setting a date – either — I am just saying………. and Of course – we wouldn’t know the exact year — either — this year, next year, the year after ———— or maybe (Romans 11:35??) when the fulness of the gentiles comes in — of course, with G_D couldn’t that happen on Rosh Hashanah???? I bet it could.

  5. joe says:

    I hjave a question is a generatio 70 years because if it is then maybe fro 1948 to 2018 is 70 yers minus 7 year tribulation comes out to be 2011 rapture time any takers on this idea.\Joey

  6. James says:

    Many people have tried to figure out the rapture date. The endeavor puzzles me because Jesus said that we would not know the day or the hour.

    That said, there are many problems. When did the last generation begin. Was is May 1948 or June 1967? Is a generation 40, 70, or 80 years? What about the possibility of the Year of Release which would begin the fiftieth year?

    If you read the 24th chapter of Mathew, Jerusalem seems to be key. This brings about the possibility that the last generation began following the 6 days war.

    We all know that 40 years has been eliminated by the passage of time. The next possibility would be May this year. This can not happen if the Gentiles have not been reached.

    Should this be the year we have only four months to reach this entire world with the Gospel. So, I would recommend less time guessing when the end would come and more time sharing Christ with all of our friend, families, and people we encounter every day.


  7. James says:

    Editing comment: friend is meant to be plural friends

  8. Johnathon says:

    Hello brothers and sisters!
    i am so excited about the oncoming events to take place,
    i seen the idea about leaving bibles and booklets on how to become a christian, i personally do not have the funds, but i think it would be awesome if i could get some somehow and start giving them out to people at my school.

    i also would like to ask that you pray for my mother, and all non believers in christ.
    she denies him and i cant seem to help her. i dont know if my prayers arent strong enough or what, ive asked god to make the seed that ive tried to plant grow, but i feel that she is lost and it hurts me so much to think of her going to hell.
    thank you all and god bless!!

  9. Kathey says:

    Shalom, the return of Jesus Christ, is a very misunderstood subject and what the Bible says is be ready ! Bible gives us a pathway to follow, many things muat happen be for that One Glorious Day. So in the mean time , Focus your eyes on Him the perfecter of our faith , let us not be silent, it will be wourth it all. Amen,amen.

  10. Pam says:

    Ken Switzer, I am understanding the Word as you seem to in your post. I am listening for the trumpet to sound some Rosh Hashanna and leave what I am doing to go to meet our Lord and forever live in His presence. We must be ready, watching and listening!

  11. dan harvey says:

    the feasts were a shadow of the coming Christ, in revelation the coming of Jesus is the last plague of the seven behold i come as a thief revelation 16 v15, the same description throughout the new testament. therefor the mark of the beast must be enforced since the seven last plagues fall on those who have the mark. the world is divided into 2 groups at the end those who have the mark or those who have the seal of GOD. and the mark is not some microchip or tattoo. it all revolves around worship. it will be the enforcement of a day of worship to pull humanity out of the time of trouble that is to come, the forehead means your thoughts or decision and your hand means your actions everyone will have to make a choice whos side will you be on GODS or mans??

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