Topic: Pre-Trib “Rapture”

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Discussions concerning whether or not there is a rapture is wrapped around whether or not Daniel’s 70th week, the seven years of tribulation, occurred in the past or is coming in the future.

Therefore; it would be incumbent on the scholar to first preview “Topic: Seven Year Tribulation (Daniel’s 70th week)” in order to be comfortable with accepting that the seven year tribulation is indeed in the future.

The next question is whether or not a literal scriptural “Rapture” actually exists. Again, read the arguments on Topic: Rapture

However, if the reader is already convinced of a time of tribulation and that it is coming in the future, he should be at ease proceeding forward with looking at a Pre-Trib rapture.

ONE: The Pattern of the High Holy Days

The Feast of Trumpets precedes the seven days of Affliction ending with the Day of Atonement. Each feast is a prophecy not yet fulfilled.

  • The Feast of Trumpets is described as fulfilling the prophecy of the rapture.
    • According to Paul, the rapture (snatching up, harpazo) of “we who are alive and remain” occurs at the “Last Trump” when the saints (believers) “meet the Lord in the air”.
    • The Feast of Trumpets is when a trumpet is blown 100 times. It begins the previous month, the month of Elul. A trumpet is blown 3 times for 30 days through the month of Elul for a total of 90 trumps. Then, on Tishri 1 and 2 the trumpet is blown the last 10 times. It is reasonable to believe the last trump is the rapture.
  • The Seven Days of Affliction represents the seven year tribulation. This seven year tribulation immediately follows the Feast of Trumpets, as a pattern of a pre-tribulation rapture.
    • The seven “days” of affliction parallels Daniel’s 70th “week” of seven “days”.
    • The tribulation is called Daniel’s 70th “week”.
    • One of the names for the seven year tribulation is the “Days of Affliction”.
    • During the seven days of affliction, or “Yomin Noraim” in Hebrew, if the Jews do not afflict their souls in preparation for the Day of Atonement, they are to be “cut off” from the assembly.
    • To be “cut off” from the assembly means not to be included in the company of Jewish saints. They will endure shame and everlasting contempt.
  • The Day of Atonement is immediately after seven days of affliction; it is the pattern of Jesus’ return where He returns at the end of the tribulation at Armageddon. Why wouldn’t the Jews expect Him? There is a famine during the tribulation of the Word of God. All the believers were taken in the Rapture.
    • Amos 8:11 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the Lord.
    • Since harvests are associated with resurrections, it makes sense that the Jewish Feasts, which are also associated with a harvest, are tied to God’s resurrections. Notice the order: the rapture first, then the tribulation ie the seven “days” of affliction, then Jesus’ return.
    • The High Holy Days is part of the Autumn Feasts. It is more than likely that this representation is accurate based on the fact that Jesus, during His ministry, fulfilled every Spring Feast on its exact same day.

See chart below for Spring Feasts. Jesus was the Passover Lamb that took away the sins of the world, Jesus was the First Fruit when He rose from the dead, and Jesus (along with the tombs of the saints who were opened) was also the wave offering.

If there are questions about this proposition (that the rapture will occur on the Feast of Trumpets and Jesus’ return will be on the Day of Atonement), it should be put to rest (indisputably) given the outline of Daniel’s days.

Before pursuing this further, it is critical to understand that the book of Daniel is like a car with a transmission which switches from symbolic days to literal days.

  • Daniel chapter 8 uses literal “days”
    • 13 Then I heard a holy one speaking; and another holy one said to that certain one who was speaking, “How long will the vision be, concerning the daily sacrifices and the transgression of desolation, the giving of both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled underfoot?”
    • 14 And he said to me, “For two thousand three hundred (2,300) days (3-1/2 yrs on the Jewish calendar); then the sanctuary shall be cleansed.”
  • Daniel chapter 9 uses symbolic “days” which are “years”.
    • Daniel 9:27 Then he shall confirm a covenant (peace treaty) with many for one week (7 days = 7 years); But in the middle of the week (3-1/2 days = 3/1/2 years)
      He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
      And on the wing of (soon thereafter) abominations shall be one (the Antichrist) who makes (Jerusalem) desolate (empty of Jews) (and the world empty of any believer),
      Even until the consummation (end), which is determined, is poured out on the desolate (those who are made empty).”
    • Numbers 14:34 According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection.
  • Daniel chapter 12 uses literal “days”.
    • Daniel 12:12 “Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the 1,335 days.”
    • 1,335 days is tied to the Jewish Feast Hanukkah which ALWAYS comes 45 days after The Day of Atonement. Therefore: the latter days has everything to do with the Jewish Autumn Feasts.
  • Using “literal” days: From the Abomination (desecration) that causes Desolation to the end of the tribulation on the Day of Atonement is 1,260 days. Hanukkah always follows the Day of Atonement by 45 days.

    1,260 days plus 45 days equals 1,335 days.
  • Daniel 12:9 And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 10 Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand. 11 “And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, one thousand two hundred and ninety days. 12 Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the 1,335 days.

Conclusion:

To accept that the “blessing” of surviving the last half of the tribulation and making it to Hanukkah means that the Angel of Daniel 12:12 understood that the seven year tribulation is indeed tied to the Jewish Feasts. “Yomin Noraim” are the seven “days/years” of affliction and in the middle is the abomination that causes desolation.

Historically, Hanukkah celebrates the temple being cleansed and rededicated after Antiochus IV desecrated the holy of holies by sacrificing a pig on the altar: a foreshadow of the Antichrist to come.

The 1,335 days is from the middle of the tribulation when the altar is desecrated (like Antiocus IV and like the Antichrist) until the new righteous temple is cleansed. (during the millennium when Jesus has set up His kingdom on earth).

  • SEE CHART BELOW: from the abomination of the Antichrist in the middle of the tribulation to the cleansing and re-dedication of the temple during Jesus’ reign in the millennium is Daniel’s 1,335 days.

To reiterate: the 1,335 days is the span FROM the desecration TO the cleansing of the desecration.

Below: A chart of LITERAL days:
First the rapture on the Feast of Trumpets, then seven years of tribulation, then Jesus’ return seven years after the rapture, Jesus returns to earth with His saints after the pattern of the Day of Atonement to save Israel from annihilation, to set up His kingdom on earth, and to rule from Jerusalem.

TWO: The Pattern of the Patriarchs
  • Every Biblical Redeemer took a Gentile Bride Before Returning to Save the Jews in Affliction:
  • Joseph
    • Took an Egyptian (gentile) bride before the 7 year famine (Genesis 41:45).
    • The sons born to Joseph (children of Joseph) came to him (like a rapture) before the 7 year famine (Genesis 41:50)
  • Moses
    • Exodus 2:21 Then Moses was content to live with the man (the priest of Midian), and he (the priest of Midian) gave Zipporah his daughter to Moses.
    • Zipporah “circumcised” their son (violently cutting away the flesh of the world: the rapture)
    • Moses then returned to Egypt before leading the Hebrews to the promised land.
  • Boaz
    • Kinsman Redeemer
    • Boaz (Jewish) married Ruth, a Moabite (gentile).
    • The gentile bride bears fruit (a son)
    • Then Naomi’s (the Jewish) fortunes are restored.
    • Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, Jesse begot David, who became the King of the Jews.
THREE: The Day of Wrath

THE “DAY OF WRATH” IS THE SEVEN YEAR TRIBULATION AND IS EXPRESSED WITH THE DAY THE LORD RETURNS TO EARTH.

    • Psalm 110:5 The Lord is at Your right hand; He shall execute kings in the day of His wrath.
    • Proverbs 11:4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death.
    • Isaiah 13:13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, And the earth will move out of her place, In the wrath of the Lord of hosts And in the day of His fierce anger.
    • Isaiah 13:9 Behold, the day of the Lord comes, Cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, To lay the land desolate; And He will destroy its sinners from it.
    • Ezekiel 7:19 ‘They will throw their silver into the streets, And their gold will be like refuse; Their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them In the day of the wrath of the Lord; They will not satisfy their souls, Nor fill their stomachs, Because it became their stumbling block of iniquity.
    • Ezekiel 38:19 For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: ‘Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel,
    • Zephaniah 1:15 That day is a day of wrath, A day of trouble and distress, A day of devastation and desolation, A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness,
    • Zephaniah 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold Shall be able to deliver them In the day of the Lord’s wrath; But the whole land shall be devoured By the fire of His jealousy, For He will make speedy riddance Of all those who dwell in the land.
    • Romans 2:5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,
    • Revelation 6:17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
    • I Thess 1:10
      And to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath (Day of Wrath: tribulation) to come.
  • 1 Thess 4:14-18 (Resurrection)
    14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep (die) in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep (dead). 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
  • I Thess 5:9
    For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
    (wrath is for unbelievers while salvation is the opposite of wrath, with salvation there is no wrath)
  • II Thessalonians 2:3
    Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a ”snatching away” first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; (The Antichrist)
  • II Thessalonians 2:7
    For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He (The Holy Spirit) who now restrains (The Antichrist) will do so until He is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,
  • Matthew 24:12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
FOUR: The Day of Christ (Rapture) vs The Day of the Lord (Return of Jesus)

The Day of Christ is the Rapture and the Day of the Lord is Jesus return to earth.

  • On the day of Christ the righteous meet the Lord in the air.
  • On the day of the Lord He brings the saints with Him; His foot touches Mt. Olives and it splits it in half.
    • Zechariah 14:4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, Making a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south.
The Day of the Lord: Unknown

I Thessalonians 5:1 
But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. 2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.

Matthew 24:36
No One Knows the Day or Hour: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.

Mark 13:20 And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days.

The Day of Christ: Known

I Thessalonians 5:4
4 But you, brethren, are NOT in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be [a]sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.

Conclusion:
  • Since the two events are different – a Post-Trib Rapture must be excluded. With the arguments collected, the Pre-Trib stance is the only option available per Daniel 12:12.
FIVE: Isaiah 21
  • The Rapture, The Tribulation and Jesus’ Return are all covered in one verse and in order in Isaiah 21:12:
    • Isaiah 21:12 The watchman said,
      “The morning comes, (the rapture)
      and also the night. (the tribulation)
      If you will inquire, inquire; (Hebrew meaning of inquire is to “boil”: the tribulation)
      Return! Come back!” (the return of Jesus with the saints)
    • In Job 41 Satan the sea monster in the midst of the sea of people causes the sea “to boil”.
  • The Return is focused on the Jewish Saints with Gentile exceptions
    • Isaiah 21:10 Oh, my threshing and the grain of my floor! (God’s threshing floor is Jerusalem purchased by David as a threshing floor from Ornan the Jebusite).
      That which I have heard from the Lord of hosts,
      The God of Israel,
      I have declared to you.
  • The Tribulation in scripture is also called The Time of Sorrows (A woman in labor).
    • Isaiah 21:3 Therefore my loins are filled with pain;
      Pangs have taken hold of me, like the pangs of a woman in labor.
      4 My heart wavered, fearfulness frightened me;
      The night (the peace treaty: a time of “rest”) for which I longed He turned into fear (darkness and tribulation) for me.
SIX: The Blowing of the Trumpets

There are only three times the trumpets are blown in scripture: 1) For the moving of the camp, 2) For an alarm when danger comes, and 3) For a celebration, a feast, a wedding.

First: Numbers 10:2 THE RAPTURE: The moving of the camp – when the dead are raised and those who are alive are raptured.

  • Numbers 10:2 “Make two silver trumpets for yourself; you shall make them of hammered work; you shall use them for calling the congregation and for directing the movement of the camps.
    (Symbolized by the Feast of Trumpets-the last trump is blown- God’s dead in Christ are resurrected and those who are alive meet the Lord in the air.)

Second: Numbers 10:9 THE TRIBULATION: The alarm of the watchman when Jerusalem is attacked. In the middle of the tribulation the Antichrist betrays the Jews and breaks his peace treaty. He is part of the attack.

  • Numbers 10:9 “When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the Lord your God, and you will be saved from your enemies.
  • Zechariah 9:14 Then the Lord will be seen over them, and His arrow will go forth like lightning. The Lord God will blow the trumpet, and go with whirlwinds from the south.
  • Isaiah 21:1 As whirlwinds in the South pass through, So it comes from the desert, from a terrible land. 2 A distressing vision is declared to me; the treacherous dealer(the Antichrist) deals treacherously, and the plunderer plunders.
    (Symbolized by the Seven Days of Affliction immediately after the Feast of Trumpets: The Tribulation)

Third: THE RETURN OF JESUS: Numbers 10:10 Joy and celebration at Jesus’ return.

  • Numbers 10:10 Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be a memorial for you before your God: I am the Lord your God.”
    (Symbolized by Jesus’ Return immediately after the Seven Days of Affliction is the Day of Atonement)

These three are covered in the pattern of “THE HIGH HOLY DAYS”

SEVEN: In the Blink of an Eye: At the last trumpet

1 Corinthians 15:52
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

The Feast of Trumpets represents the Main Harvest resurrections and the Rapture.

The Feast of Trumpets lasts for two days and is celebrated for the first two days of the Jewish month, Tishri 1 and Tishri 2.

The Trumpet is blown 100 times beginning on the previous month of “Elul”. It is blown 3 times a day for Elul’s 30 days for a total of 90 trumps. The last ten are blown on the Feast of Trumpets on Tishri 1 and Tishri 2. The 100th trump is the “last trump” of 1 Corinthians 15:52.

Reminder: The Feast of Trumpets precedes the seven days of affliction (reflecting the seven year tribulation).

EIGHT: The Pattern of Jesus’ Crucifixion Week Parallels the High Holy Days and appears to be a shadow and a type of things to come.

Jesus’ crucifixion week has a surprising parallel to the High Holy Days (See chart below):

SPRING FEASTSAUTUMN FEASTS
Nisan 9-10 Bethany and Triumphal EntryTishri 1-2 Feast of Trumpets, the Rapture
Nisan 11-17 Leaders Sought to Kill Him, Crucified, Buried for 3 days. Seven Days of AfflictionTishri 3-9 Seven Days of Affliction, the Tribulation
Nisan 18 Jesus Rose from the DeadTishri 10 Day of Atonement – Jesus’ Return to earth

Nisan 9 and 10 parallel the Feast of Trumpets (Tishri 1 and 2) when Jesus appears as the Savior (like the Rapture). Following are seven days of Affliction (Nisan 11-17 paralleling Tishri 3-9) when Jesus (like the Jews of the tribulation) is inspected, accused, betrayed, crucified, buried, and descends to Sheol (like the Tribulation). Then Nisan 18 parallels the Day of Atonement (Tishri 10) where Jesus appears again, being resurrected from the dead, (when Jesus returns to earth to set up His kingdom).

The Spring Feasts of Passover, First Fruits, and the Wave Offering occur during Jesus first advent to earth while the Autumn Feasts of the High Holy Days will be His second advent.

NINE: Jesus is returning from a wedding (The Bride of Christ) to save the Jews from annihilation.

The Parable of the master returning from the wedding is Jesus’ wedding in heaven with the raptured Bride of Christ having a wedding feast for seven days (a week, like Leah’s wedding week) then returning to earth to fight on behalf of the Jews.

See Topic: Jacob’s Two Wives

Luke 12:35 “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; 36 and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks (Rev 3:20) they may open to him immediately. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.

TEN: Jesus comes “WITH” the Saints

Since Jesus comes “WITH” the Saints, would that mean that those raptured (going up) would immediately turn around and return with Jesus? Or rather, the saints met Jesus in the air seven years prior to His return to the earth as He takes the saints and angels with Him.

  • Zechariah 14:3-5 Then the Lord will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, Making a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south. Then you (the Antichrist) shall flee through My mountain valley, For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee As you fled from the earthquake In the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Thus the Lord my God will come, And all the saints with You.
    Isaiah 27:1 In that day the Lord with His severe sword, great and strong, Will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent (the Antichrist indwelt by Satan), Leviathan that twisted serpent; And He will slay the reptile that is in the sea (of people).
  • Isaiah 13:4 (Armageddon) The noise of a multitude in the mountains, Like that of many people! A tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together! The Lord of hosts musters The army for battle.
  • Jude 1:14 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes WITH ten thousands of His saints,

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