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The Feast of Pentecost and The Rapture of the Church Part II

Posted by truthoughts on May 23, 2008

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I have found an article that goes into a little more detail in some areas of my previous study, which can be found here.

Instead of going over the entire article that I just found, I am going to refer to the parts pertaining to my previous study.

Hebrews 10:30-31,35-39 “For we know Him that said, vengeance belongeth unto Me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, the Lord shall judge His people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God…Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, My soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”

Below is an excerpt from the above article:

…For the enlightenment and benefit of our readers, a literal word for word rendering of Habakkuk 2:2-3 follows exactly as it is worded in the Hebrew text of the Bible,

2: And answered me Jehovah and said, Write the vision, and engrave it on the tablets, so that he may run who is reading it.

3: For still the vision is for the appointed festival, but it pants to the end, and does not lie. Though it hesitates, wait for it; for surely it will come; it will not tarry.

Please compare this literal rendering with the wording recorded in the King James Bible. Notice the words “appointed time” in the KJV. These words are translated from the Hebrew word, “mowadah.” This Hebrew word literally means “appointed festival.” See Gesenius Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon, page 457, Strong’s No. 4150.

For any reader willing to deal honestly with God’s Word, this should settle the question of whether or not the Lord is coming on a Jewish Holy Day. This verse explicitly states that the vision of the Lord’s coming is to be fulfilled on “the appointed festival.” In view of this explicit statement, we need not expect the Lord to come at any other time than on a Jewish Festival, for the Lord never violates His own Word…

The Festival of Unleavened Bread

The instructions for observing this festival are given in Exodus 12:14-20 and Leviticus 23:6-14, with specific instructions being given in Leviticus 23:9-14 for the “firstfruits” offering. This observance is also mentioned in several other related passages. What I especially want our readers to notice in the course of this festival is the observance of the “firstfruits” offering.

The “firstfruits” offering was a “sheaf” [omer] of barley, the first grain ripe in Israel in the Spring of the year. There was always some of this grain ripe by Passover. This first ripe barley was gathered in from the field, and the grain was beaten out of the husks until there was an “omer” of barley. The “omer” full of the first ripe barley was then brought to the priest officiating in the Tabernacle [later in the Temple].

The Scriptures tell us that “on the morrow after the sabbath” following Passover, the priest would take this “omer” of barley into the Tabernacle, and standing before the veil which separated the holy place from the “holiest of all,” would lift up the “omer” of barley towards Heaven as high as he could reach, and would “wave the sheaf” [omer] vigorously back and forth before the veil “to be accepted for you, 23:11. The Lord Himself called it a “wave offering” in Leviticus 23:15. Glory to God!

Please dear readers, in this study I am only presenting those facts about the “wave offering” of the “firstfruits” which are necessary to give our readers an understanding of what the offering foreshadowed. You can study all the details for yourself.

The Fulfillment of Firstfruits

If you are a true Bible believer then you know that just as the Israelites sacrificed a lamb on that first Passover [and each Passover thereafter], so 1,517 years later the Lord Jesus Christ, “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world,” John 1:29, was sacrificed on Passover in 30 A.D.

Three days and three nights after Christ was crucified, just as the 17th day of Abib ended and the 18th day began, “on the morrow after the sabbath” following the Passover, the Lord Jesus Christ came forth from the tomb, triumphant over death, hell, and the grave, Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:1-6; Luke 24:1-7; John 20. Glory to God! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

Now here is where the events really get interesting. For on that same first day of the week, “the morrow after the sabbath,” the Scriptures state, “many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many,” Matthew 28:52-53. Folks, these were the “firstfruits” [plural] of the resurrection, which included Christ Himself, 1 Corinthians 15:20, all of which were foreshadowed by the “omer” of barley. Glory to God! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! But let’s put it all together.

According to John 20:1-18, on that glorious “first day of the week” when Christ arose, Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, “when it was yet dark,” and found the tomb empty. She ran and told Peter and John and they came to the tomb and also found it empty. Peter and John then left the tomb, but Mary remained at the tomb weeping. The Lord then appeared to her, identifying Himself, and saying to her, “Touch Me not; for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God.” It is then obvious that at that specific time on that resurrection morning, the Lord had not yet ascended to the Father.

However, according to Matthew 28:1-10, just a few hours [or a few minutes…??] later the Lord met “Mary Magdalene and the other Mary” as they were going to tell the other disciples what the angel had told them, “And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshiped Him.” Folks, in that interval of time the Lord had ascended into Heaven itself [Hebrews 9:24], where He presented His blood to the Father, and also presented to the Father “the firstfruits of them that slept,” all of which were received and accepted by the Father, and then the Lord returned to earth to meet the two Mary’s. Glory to God!

Folks, it certainly appears that Christ and the “firstfruit” saints were standing before the Father’s throne in Heaven that morning at the very same time that the Jewish priest was standing in the Temple waving the “firstfruits” barley offering before a veil that was standing wide open [Mark 15:38], clearly signifying that the way into Heaven itself was now open for all who will believe, Hebrews 10:19-20. Remember that the Scriptures explicitly state that this offering was “to be accepted for you.” Folks, it is the blood of our risen Christ that makes the truly repentant believer “accepted” by the Heavenly Father, Ephesians 1:3-7. Glory! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! Glory to God! “Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord.” Psalm 150:6.

Folks, there are two things here I want you to notice. First, it is obvious that the “wave offering” of the “firstfruits” of the “omer” of barley on “the morrow after the sabbath” following Passover clearly foreshadowed the resurrection of Christ and those “firstfruits” saints who came out of their graves after His resurrection. Second, this observance marked the beginning of the barley harvest.

Now let’s look at the other Jewish Festival…..

The Festival of Harvest

This Jewish Festival is known today as “Pentecost.” It is referred to in the Scriptures as “the feast of harvest,” Exodus 23:16, and also as “the feast of weeks,” Exodus 34:22; Deuteronomy 16:10; 16:16; 2 Chronicles 8:13. It is the only other Jewish Festival during the course of the Jewish year where a “wave offering” taken from the barley harvest was presented to the Lord. Didn’t we just see that the “wave offering” of the barley foreshadowed the resurrection and rapture of Christ and the “firstfruits” of God’s people? Then what do you think the second “wave offering” of barley foreshadows? Well..??

The instructions for the observance of Pentecost are recorded in Leviticus 23:15-21. The word “Pentecost” simply means “fifty.” This is because the “wave offering” on Pentecost came fifty days after the “firstfruits” wave offering on “the morrow after the sabbath” following Passover. Both “wave offerings” were regarded as “firstfruits” to the Lord, Leviticus 23:17; 23:20. .

On this “appointed festival” two loaves of barley bread were to be brought “out of your habitations” [homes] to the priest, Leviticus 23:17. The priest would take these two loaves of barley bread into the Tabernacle [or Temple], and standing before the veil would “wave” them before the Lord, just as he had “waved” the “omer” of barley 50 days previously. What does this foreshadow? Let’s see…..

The Waving of the Loaves

These two barley loaves had been baked “with leaven,” Leviticus 23:17. This is the only place in all of God’s Word where the Jewish people were explicitly told to use “leaven.” In God’s Word “leaven” is a type of sin. It never typifies anything but sin in God’s Word, Matthew 13:33; 1 Corinthians 5:6-8. Because leaven typifies sin, the Jews were explicitly forbidden from using “leaven” in all of their offerings to the Lord, except this one. Why this exception?

This exception was made because, just as the “omer” of barley typified the Lord and the “firstfruit” saints, these loaves also typify God’s people. In what way? Folks, true believers are now saints who were once sinners. The only people the Lord saves are sinners. The Lord doesn’t save so-called “good people” [Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23]. He only saves men and women, boys and girls, who realize and confess that they are “dead in trespasses and sins,” Ephesians 2:1; 2:8-9. Then, having believed His Word and repented, the Holy Spirit comes into the repentant believer’s body and takes up His abode, John 14:16-17. And, just as the fire in the Jewish ovens baked the leaven out of those loaves of barley bread, so the fire of God’s Holy Spirit [which was given on Pentecost] bakes the SIN out of the life of the truly repentant believer. Glory! Glory to God! Praise the Lord!

These two loaves of barley bread then served two purposes.

First, they signified the end of the barley harvest which had been harvested over the past 50 days. Note this well!

Second, just as the “waving” of the “omer” of barley clearly foreshadowed the resurrection and rapture of the Lord Jesus Christ and the saints who came out of their graves after His resurrection, so the “waving” of these two barley loaves foreshadows the resurrection and rapture of God’s people [true believers] saved during this present Dispensation of Grace. Folks, the barley harvest is a type of the Dispensation of Grace. Just as the two barley loaves “waved before the Lord” at Pentecost signified the end of the barley harvest, so they also foreshadowed the end of “the fullness of the Gentiles” [Romans 11:25], and therefore the resurrection and rapture of “the dead in Christ” and “the living in Christ.” There are your two loaves! See John 11:25-26 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

Now let’s examine some additional proof in God’s Word of what I am presenting, 1 Thessalonians 5:21.

Ruth…..The Gentile Bride

Any serious Bible student knows that Ruth is a type of the Gentile bride of Christ, and that Boaz is a type of Christ. The entire Book of Ruth is filled with Scriptures teaching these truths. Study it for yourself.

When Ruth [the Gentile] returned to the land of Israel with Naomi [the Jewess] “….. they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of the barley harvest,” Ruth 1:22. This gives us the time period involved in this account. The real story of Ruth began on or near Passover and the observance of “firstfruits.”

How and when does the story set forth in the Book of Ruth end? It ends with Ruth’s espousal [and subsequent marriage] to Boaz “in the threshing floor” of Boaz, where Boaz “winnoweth barley,” Ruth 3:2. Folks, that is exactly what the Lord is doing today. He is separating the barley from the chaff [true believers from mere “religionists”] in preparation for the marriage. Glory to God! Hallelujah!

After the espousal had been made on or near the end of the barley harvest [Pentecost], Boaz placed “six measures of barley” on the shoulders of Ruth, and “she went into the city.” Could the six measures of barley be a type of the saved during the 6000 years of human history? 2 Peter 3:8. Could her going “into the city” foreshadow our entering into the New Jerusalem? Folks, Ruth is a type of the Gentile bride of Christ; the Lord’s church, Acts 20:28; 2 Corinthians 11:2. Christ is coming after His bride just as He promised [John 14:1-3], and “they that are Christ’s” shall be “caught up…..to meet the Lord in the air,” 1 Corinthians 15:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18. When? On Pentecost!

The Samaritan Woman

In John 4 the Lord met the Samaritan woman at the well of Jacob [the well of living water]. The Samaritan woman was looked down upon by the Jews, for they considered her to be a “goyim;” a Gentile dog. The Lord revealed Himself to this Gentile woman as the promised Messiah of Israel and the great “I AM.” [Check the actual way John 4:26 is worded in the Greek text].

The Samaritan woman then went into the city and proclaimed, “Come, see a Man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?” Folks, this is exactly what the Lord’s church has been doing the past 2,000 years; inviting the lost world to come to Christ. Some readers may object to using this adulterous woman as a type of the Lord’s church. I suggest that before you become too “self-righteous and holy” you ought to read Paul’s inspired statement to the church in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. When a repentant sinner is “justified,” they become as spiritually pure as if they had never known sin. Sure this woman had previously had five husbands and was living in open sin with a man right then, but has it ever occurred to some of you that Ruth wasn’t a “virgin” either. She also had been previously married. Yet she is a wonderful type of the pure, virtuous Gentile bride of Christ. So is the Samaritan woman. Glory to God! Praise the Lord!

Now notice that the Lord’s disciples came on the scene and urged the Lord to eat. The Lord’s reply in John 4:34-36 is so enlightening.

“…..My meat [food] is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.

Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh the harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both He that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.”

Folks, Christ Himself is the “sower” who began sowing the seed at the beginning of the harvest season. He said so Himself in Matthew 13:37. He is also the “reaper” who brings the harvest to an end. That is exactly what He is stating in John 4:34. He is the One who will “finish the work” that He began. Praise the Lord!

But when is the work to be finished? Folks, it is exactly four months between the Festival of Pentecost and the Festival of Tabernacles. Count it for yourself. So it is obvious that the Lord met the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well on the day of Pentecost. Folks, the Festival of Tabernacles is the celebration of all the completed harvests [barley…wheat…grape] at the end of the year. But there, on the day of Pentecost, the Lord explicitly told His disciples, “DO NOT SAY…..There are yet four months, and then cometh the harvest….” The Lord told His disciples the harvest was ready right then and was being reaped that day. What day? The day of Pentecost!

Folks, the Lord is coming to resurrect and rapture His New Testament saints to glory at the end of the barley harvest on the day of Pentecost. Glory! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!

But what about…..

Rosh Ha-Shanah

“That is the day the trumpets are blown, and the rapture is clearly associated with the blowing of a trumpet, so it must be the day the rapture will occur. Right?”

Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! If God’s people would seriously get into God’s Word, they would find that the trumpets were blown on every Jewish holy day. Read it for yourself. The inspired instructions for making and using the trumpets are given in Numbers 10:1-10. Verse 10 explicitly states, “Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the Lord your God.”

Folks, the trumpets were blown on every day of significance to the Jewish people throughout their whole year. If all you have to connect Rosh Ha-Shanah with the resurrection and rapture of God’s people is the blowing of trumpets, then you have nothing.

Further, Rosh Ha-Shanah is not one of the three Jewish Festivals. Habakkuk 2:3 explicitly states “For still the vision [of the Lord’s coming for His people] is for the appointed festival…” Folks, the Lord is not going to violate His own Word. The resurrection and rapture of God’s people is going to occur on one of the three Jewish Festival during the course of Israel’s year. Rosh Ha-Shanah is not a festival!

Again, Rosh Ha-Shanah comes in the end of the year just 15 days before the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles. Tabernacles comes four months after Pentecost. The Lord explicitly told His disciples, “DO NOT SAY, there are yet four months…” until the harvest. Are you one of the Lord’s disciples? Are you listening to Him?
The Rosh Ha-Shanah theory just doesn’t stand up to the testing of God’s Word. I might add that it makes no difference who is teaching the theory. That won’t alter the truth of God’s Word one iota. Almighty God is not a respecter of persons.

The Significance

Folks, the Day of Pentecost this year falls June 8th, however it actually begins at sundown on June 7th in Israel. What are the significance of these dates?

On June 7, 1967 the Holy Temple Mount and the city of Jerusalem were returned to their rightful owners during the Six Day War. That is the “date” when the tender branch of the fig tree put forth leaves, Matthew 24:32. The Lord Himself said, “So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors,” Matthew 24:33. June 7, 1967 is the “date” when the forty year “generation” began, Matthew 24:34. Therefore on June 7, 2007 the fortieth year arrived. However, Israel is still in the 40th year until June 7, 2008. The 41st year will begin on June 8, 2008. What day is that? It is the Day of Pentecost. Is all of this just coincidence? Or is Almighty God trying to tell His people WHEN He is coming?

I am also told that Pentecost marks the 33rd counting of the “omer.” Thirty-three is the Bible number for “promise.” Is this just another coincidence? Some 2,000 years ago the Lord Jesus Christ promised His disciples, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also,” John 14:3. Folks, the Lord always keeps His Word, and on this coming Pentecost, June 7th – 8th, you will see that for yourself. Glory! Praise the Lord!

“But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief,” 1 Thessalonians 5:4. Do you believe this Scripture? Do you really believe this Scripture? If you do, then you better get with God’s program. Our Lord is coming!

Conclusion

Folks, this truth is so simple that I now realize that the Lord has tried to show me this truth previously, and I was so dense I stumbled right over it.

The “feast of firstfruits” marked the beginning of the barley harvest, and foreshadowed the resurrection and rapture of “Christ [and] the firstfruits…,” 1 Corinthians 15:23.

The “feast of harvest” [Pentecost] marked the end of the barley harvest, and foreshadows the resurrection and rapture of all New Testament believers. Glory!

Isn’t that simple? Such a simple truth that God’s people have been stumbling right over it for centuries…

It truly is an amazing thing if we are that close to our going home to be with the Lord forever, always to be with Him. No matter how it all plays out, we know that He promised to return for His Church, He promised to prepare a place for us [John 14:2-3] there where He is and He has never let us down. He said to watch, look up and love His coming, so I urge you to do just that. Be prepared:

Luke 12:45 “But if that servant say in his hear, My Lord delayeth His coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;

Luke 12:46 “The Lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for Him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.”

Luke 12:47 “And that servant, which knew his Lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to His will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

So, prepare yourself to meet your God because whether He comes while you live or not, you will meet Him.

 

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27 Responses to “The Feast of Pentecost and The Rapture of the Church Part II”

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  2. Gary Gibson said

    I have been counting on this day too! However, as I understand Revelations and in accordance with the other prophets, I believe that the Church of Philadelphia is the only one that will be spared the tribulation completely (along with a select few from some of the other churches that have an ear to hear what the angel is saying to them). I believe that the remainder will have to identify with Christ’s suffering and pass through the seals (as we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit). Once the seals have been opened, the great multitude from the other churches, including those martyred (dead in Christ) will be called up. With the church out of the way, a new group will be sealed on Pentecost: 144,000 Jews from each tribe (sans Dan). Their fate, however, is not as pretty as the church as they will have to go through the bowl judgments…They will, however, be cared for by two excellent witnesses, one of course as promised in Malachi is Elijah, and the other, I believe to be “a prophet like Moses”. (Remember the two were together at the transfiguration with Christ). That way salvation will be in witness by the law and the prophets. Joel tells of their scary time which is an elaboration of Revelation 9. They will have to face the giants (children born to women by the sons of god: fallen angels: Evil Spirits; aka locusts).
    Exciting times my brother!! Exciting times!!

  3. truthoughts said

    Gary Gibson,

    Ah, very interesting… I agree with all you said with the church of Philadelphia and the other churches. A lot of people don’t like to pay attention to that… probably because they are in the other churches and do not want to repent and give themselves ‘completely’ to God.

    I understand why you believe the two witnesses to be Elijah and Moses, I believe them to be Elijah and Enoch because those are the only two who have not died and since it is appointed to men, once to die, and the two witnesses are killed in the street and left for 3 days and then resurrected… this is why I believe the other to be Enoch.

    I am glad to not have to be here during that scary time and I pray for those who will be here because they were not ready in time… the foolish virgins.

    Thank you so much for your insightful comment. Peace to you and we will see you soon in the air with Christ.

    Sincerely In Christ,
    Alison

  4. truthoughts said

    I wanted to comment here to say that I have added an edit to my original post, Part I. Please read it regarding the date of Pentecost for 2008. Thank you and God bless!

    Sincerely In Christ,
    Alison

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  7. truthoughts said

    Paarsurrey,

    I appreciate your comment, however, I believe that it is impossible for the Lord to have come back during that time for many reasons. One reason in particular is that Israel was not a nation then and that is one thing that had to be before the Lord could come back.

    The God of Christianity is not the same god worshiped of Islam. There is a man coming soon who will claim to be the true god, but will actually be an anti-christ and will be destroyed when the true Christ comes back at the end of the Great Tribulation period.

    The Bible states Jesus saying:

    Matthew 24:5 “For many shall come in My name, saying I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Also in Mark 13:6

    Luke 21:8 “And He said, take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.”

    John 5:43 “I am come in My Father’s name, and ye receive Me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.” The ‘him’ in this verse is speaking of the Anti-christ.

    When our Lord does come, there will be no mistaking it because the mountains will melt, the islands will flee away and great earthquakes will happen… all at the same time, and every eye will see Him coming in the clouds with His saints to make war with the nations who come against Israel. There truly will be no mistaking His arrival.

    Thank you again for your comment.

    Sincerely,
    Alison

  8. Muriel Peterson said

    Personally, for a long time I had felt Rosh Ha-Shanah was when Jesus would come, but for several years now I leaned toward Pentecost for the reasons you mentioned (if the Lord were to come on a Jewish feast day). However, I believe that modern Jewery celebrates Pentecost on the wrong date. It should be seven weeks after Firstfruits, which was on a Sunday, the day after the Sabbath. You might say that meant the High Sabbath, but then Pentecost was to be celebrated the day after the seventh Sabbath after Firstfruits (see Leviticus 23, starting at verse 15 (I think it’s verse 15 anyway, the verse # is hard to read)). Therefore, I believe that by Biblical reckoning, this year Pentecost should be celebrated starting at sundown Israeli time on Saturday, June 14th.
    Coincidentally, this year Pentecost overlaps Father’s Day in the US. Wouldn’t that be a great time to meet our Heavenly Father?
    Also, I believe from what I’ve read on the net that the current Jewish year is a sabbatical year, and I believe that Daniel’s 70th week will be a 7 year Sabbatical cycle.

  9. truthoughts said

    Muriel,

    I completely agree with you. I added an edit in my post that Pentecost this year is on June 15th (sunset June 14th to sunset June 15th). You are correct that this is a Sabbatical year and I agree with you that the 70th week of Daniel will begin and end on a Sabbatical year.

    I did not think about it being on Father’s Day in the US. Hmmm… Interesting! Hopefully we will be meeting you in the air soon… (this weekend???) 🙂

    Thank you very much for your comment. Have a blessed day!

    Sincerely In Christ,
    Alison

  10. baby said

    Nice website!!

  11. truthoughts said

    Thanks for the comment!!

  12. Eugene Lehmann said

    Mark;

    I was very impressed with the revelation of the tetrad of blood moons in 2014-2015 and the eclipses of the sun on 1 Nisan and 1 Tishri in 2015 that you presented. I fully agree that the Lord is trying to tell us something significant about His soon coming. However, when you went so far as to pinpoint the rapture of the church on Pentecost of 2008, I feel that you went too far with your predictions. Yes, the rapture could occur any day, but now that Pentecost has come and gone, and the church is still here, do you have any explanation as to where your prediction went wrong?

  13. truthoughts said

    Eugene,

    First I would like to thank you for your comment, however, I am not Mark Biltz. I am just a blogger who posted his findings. Secondly, regarding predicting the rapture, I have not made any official predictions. I have presented views that people have regarding why they believe the rapture might happen on specific feast days. I have posted about the feast of First Fruits and Pentecost so far and I plan on posting regarding Rosh Hashanah as well. In all of my posts regarding predictions, I always end them with the fact that these may or may not be the day it happens – therefore it isn’t an official prediction. I do believe that we are very close and that 2008 has some very strong backing for it to be this year. Either way, it is going to happen soon and I would like for everyone to be ready for when it does.

    Regarding Pentecost happening already for 2008, some think it hasn’t happened yet. Counting 50 days past the 7th week, you would actually come to August 4, 2008. I have not posted on this because I was never able to clear enough time to do a proper study on the information that was presented to me by one of my readers.

    I encourage you to read through my other studies regarding the Feasts of the Lord and the Rapture corrolations. I will be updating my Rapture Theories page as soon as I can to include all of the options that the Church believes could be a possiblity.

    Thank you again for your comment and I hope that I have cleared up all misunderstandings. Have a blessed day in the Lord.

    Sincerely In Christ,
    Alison

  14. joeland7 said

    Very interesting information.. May God Bless your ministry.

  15. truthoughts said

    Joeland7,

    Thank you for your comment.

    Sincerely In Christ,
    Alison

  16. Ben said

    “I am also told that Pentecost marks the 33rd counting of the “omer.”

    This is incorrect, and it is clearly in the Bible. You count 49 days of the omer, and the 50th day from Yom HaBikkurim is Shavu’ot.

  17. truthoughts said

    Ben,

    This is a 3rd party article, so thank you for the clarification. Have an outstanding day!

    Sincerely In Christ,
    Alison

  18. Cheryl said

    HI,
    it was so amazing to google “Rapture is on Pentecost” and find you and so many others who see the clarity in Gods word regarding the rapture on this feast. I have been praying for few months for God to show me when His rapture would be, in regards to what jewish feast it would fall on. I have been studying the different holy days and when I came to the feast of pentecost, I could not beleive how much related to the rapture! I kept reading and with every sentense I read, I became more excited! I beleive we are suppose to know the feast it will happen on, and I beleive that Paul and John new. What we are not sure of is the year. But the body of Christ (true believeres) will know when it is right at the door. Pentecost 2009 could very well be it but I will not say forsure because, although everything in the NWO is rapidly coming into play and the elites of this world have thier own dates set for starting all this(which is within the next 6-10 months), God is capable of “holding these things back” untill HIS appointed year.The other thing that lines up with this year is the planet X that is seen now with in the southern parts of the globe and is going to be at a very specific point in its orbit around the sun on Dec.21 2012. That really points to mid trib events descibed in Daniel, Revelation and Isaiah.But again, God can even hold this palnets orbit back till HIS appointed time.So thanks for the wonderful website of encouragement and God bless as you watch for His coming!Don’t forget to “pray that your accounted worthy to escape all these things.” Your sister in Christ, Cheryl

    • truthoughts said

      Very true Cheryl! Another bit of info that would make sense for it happening this year is that we are coming to the closure of the Sabbatical year for the Hebrew calendar. Currently, I am looking also at the Rapture possibilities being on the Feast of First Fruits (Wheat Harvest), which occurs this year on April 10-11th (sunset to sunset Jerusalem time). Very interesting correlations there as well. Keep your eyes open and head lifted up!

      BTW, I am very glad you brought up praying that we are accounted worthy…” I pray this every night and hope that others do as well. Thank you for reminding everyone 🙂

      Sincerely In Christ,
      Alison

  19. Fred said

    Just commenting on your describing the leaven in the loaves. Leaven in not baked out. Leaven causes the loaf to rise. Yes, leaven is symbolic of sin. But the Holy Spirit does not bake out sin in us. Yes, sin is in our bodies as Paul states in Romans 7. But Paul is not, in this case, linking Sin to an act of disobedience to God. In the first 5 chapters of Romans, Paul uses the word sin to describe acts of disobedience, after Romans 6, the word sin describes the indwelling entity or power of sin. He is describing the entity of Sin which dwells in his body and our bodies (Rom. 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me). Our crucifixion with Christ in Roman 6:6 is what frees us from indwelling Sins power over us. Our being crucified with Christ is that which allows us who are indwelt by Christ to be a body which He can live in and through as we trust him (Galatians 2:20). We can either yield to Christ who indwells our spirits, or to Sin which indwells in our bodies (Romans 6:12-16). When we trust, then Christ lives, and sin is powerless to control us even though he may try. When we fail to trust sin is more than happy to resume his control. The Holy Spirit, who lifes out Christ’s life within us, will remind us of our failure and lead us back to trusting. Read Watchman Nee’s The Normal Christian Life. Unfortunately, the entity of sin remains in our bodies until death or we are changed at the soon coming rapture.

    Alive in Christ
    Fred

  20. david johnson said

    one might want to take a closer look at the barley offering. it is tied to the crop being ready to harvest, not the Days of Unleavened Bread. Look closely. Yes the year Christ died and rose it was during UB but the directions are clear and they do not lock the wave offering to the Days of UB. we continue to grow as we humbly seek truth

    Thy Kingdom Come

    • truthoughts said

      David,

      Thank you for your input. This really is the ‘sticky’ point of trying to pin down these feasts. For those of us not actually in Jerusalem, we cannot know the exact time. I wish there was someone over there – a farmer, lol… who was Messianic and could share these tidbits with all of us on the other side of the world 😉

      Thank you again for your comment.

      Sincerely In Christ,
      Alison

  21. Garth said

    It is now 13/4/2010
    We are still here?Could you be 1000y out?

    • truthoughts said

      Garth,

      All of my posts regarding the rapture being on a specific feast day are speculation. I was trying to give all the points people may believe the rapture to happen on this feast day or that feast day. The year is hopeful. Every year, those of us who are waiting on our blessed hope… hope it will be that year. Either way, each year we get one year closer. Watching all of the signs, we know it is not much longer. That is why we are obedient to keep looking up. Thanks for your comment.

  22. Bill said

    Dear Alison,

    Your comments about the Lord’s return at Pentecost are interesting and intriguing. However, as I read your comments in Parts I and II, you were predicting His return in 2007-2008. It’s now 2011 and we’re still here!

    Bill

    • truthoughts said

      Bill,

      I am glad you found my points interesting. The years were just “hope fors” rather than actual predictions. I have written thoughts on other feast days as well. My hope was to cover all alert days based on points that I found through others and also myself as I studied those possible days. Each year, I hope for it =) but even though my hope is stronger for each year we find ourselves in… it is never absolute and dogmatic because as you pointed out… here we are in 2011. One year it will be the right one and one day it will be the right one. Until then, we keep on and keep watching. =)

      Blessings to you my friend and brother.
      Alison

  23. Eric Estes said

    Thanks Alison for posting this article, it was a blessing.

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