Rapture Drill Today

When will Jesus return to catch away His followers?  He said we could not know the exact details of his return, but as J. Danson Smith reminds us in his classic poem, “Perhaps Today,” it could be any day.  It could be today!

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish spiritual New Year, begins at sundown today, Sept. 28, 2011, and lasts for two days.  We don’t believe in setting dates for the Lord’s return, but it has been our practice for many years to observe this festival by conducting our personal “Rapture Drill.” 

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.

The first of the seven holidays prescribed in Leviticus is Passover, the observance of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. The Last Supper was actually the observance of Passover, and Jesus’ death is associated with this event because He is our sacrificial lamb.

Another holiday, three days after Passover, is the Feast of Firstfruits, and Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day. He is the firstfruits of the Resurrection.

Then comes The Feast of Weeks, or Shavuot. It is also called “Pentecost.” The Holy Spirit was first given to the Church on this holiday.

Rosh Hashanah is the first of three annual fall holidays that remain. It is the beginning of 10 days of self examination. It features the blowing of the shofar, the trumpet made of a rams’ horn. Since the next big event in Christianity will be the Rapture of the Church, Pentecost is a good symbolic possibility for this great event.

Yom Kippur, the “Day of Atonement” comes at the end of the 10 days of self examination. It could very well be symbolic of the Tribulation Period that Christians expect after the Rapture of the Church.

Finally, Sukkot, The “Feast of Tabernacles” is observed. This event reminds people that God dwells with them. This would be especially appropriate as a symbol of Christ’s Return to the Earth as King of Kings at the end of the Tribulation Period.

So, will the Rapture take place on Rosh Hashanah? 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.)

Again, we simply do not set dates! But we should expect Jesus’ return every day, shouldn’t we? So what would be a better reminder than this Jewish holiday to consciously do the things we would want to be doing just before the Rapture?

What would we do during this exercise? We would be spiritually ready and active – living for the Lord instead of for our own selfish interests. We would share the Gospel with everyone in our family and close circle of friends, neighbors and associates. And we would leave behind some helpful information so that those who would be left behind would know how to accept Christ. If you decide to do your own “Rapture Drill,” you will surely think of other things that should be done before you suddenly leave this earth.

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5 Responses to Rapture Drill Today

  1. N Trindade says:

    Unlike other Jewish feasts, the Feast of Trumpets takes place on a New Moon, when just a sliver of the Moon appears in the night sky. Since this has to be confirmed by eyewitness sightings, the weather has to be very clear to observe the rising of the New Moon, and it’s not always that way. For this reason the Feast of Trumpets is known as the feast where no one knows the day or the hour.

    Again we have to be cautious not to set dates.

    Three times within the span of 28 verses the Lord said the people on Earth at the time will not know the exact time of His return in advance, using a form of the phrase “you will not know the day or the hour” (Matt. 24:42-44, Matt. 24:50, Matt. 25:13). We can be sure of one thing however, and that the rapture of the Church will be event sensitive, that is ‘when the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled’. (Luke 21:24), and ‘when the fullness of the Gentiles come in’ (Romans 11:25). That should cause us to pull off all stops.

    Rosh Hashanah is a very significant date_ a time of new beginnings. According to some Jewish traditions, the creation was completed on Rosh Hashanah, and therefore Adam was born on that day as well. Also, based on the view that John the Baptist was born in the spring, around Passover, and his birth preceded the birth of Jesus by 6 months, it’s possible to place the birth of the Messiah on Rosh Hashanah.

    So “Happy Birthday Jesus”

    A Happy New Year 5772 to all of Israel.

  2. Mark Rey says:

    I dont understand why the majority of christians dont belive in the rapture of the churh ,I mean I can see why the world mocks us but our brethren tell us it isnt biblical, when it is clearly written in the word of God! This is one of Gods mysterys and very significate in our beliefes and our faith as christians. The apostle paul states Gods word about this advent so very clear in 1st corinthians 15:52 and 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18 I mean what else could these passages mean, other then what they really mean! I just pray that their eyes would be open, and open soon! They remind me of doubting thomas. God Bless…

  3. Sword advocate says:

    http://www.biblepages.web.surftown.se/ew05d.htm READ IT, and hang your heads in shame!!

    The plain truth about xmas. You people are so full of paganism, you can’t see past your nose. Jesus has nothing to do with people who worship Roman Pagan holidays.

  4. Roger says:

    Hey Admin,
    Thanks for the info, I noticed which prior to the Excellent Tribulation happens and The Antichrist shows up very first the particular rapture going to take place however where within the scriptures says that.
    Kindest Regards
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  5. Anon says:

    By witnessing to all our relatives and friends do we ensure our being raptured? Jesus said also to avoid casting our pearls before swine. Some of them are swine who would hand you over to the antichrist in a second. We witness to those to whom the Holy Spirit Himself directs us to. No buck-shot effect witnessing…only Holy Spirit specific direct witnessing. As for the rapture … if you are saved you are going. If you are not saved once and for all, you are not saved at all. All who are saved will be raptured. Rapture is imminent, without signs … if you are saved just look up and BELIEVE. That is all you have to do. Many are on street corners passing out tracts and they are Jehovah Witnesses who will be left behind and will, in their state, go to Gehenna forever … to the Lake of Fire of excruciating eternal searing blistering torment. So, that ‘tract’ or witnessing activity doesn’t add one iota to any assurance of being raptured. One must be saved period. Let’s stop whipping the sheep in our ‘sermonettes’ and just encourage the saved to continue to believe and to do good works because they are saved … not to get saved, or stay saved or to get raptured. Forget the ‘drills’ and just follow Jesus Christ.

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