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!