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Rapture Theories

This page is dedicated to church Rapture Theories. There are many theories pertaining to the rapture of the church and here is where I will share some of those with you. This page will be added to as I can acquire information and present it as thoroughly as possible. I may add to theories as well if I come across additional information pertaining to that particular theory.

My personal belief is that there will be a Pre-Tribulation rapture of true believers in Christ Jesus, which means those who are watching for it and are prepared for it. Some believe in multiple raptures and I will cover that here as well. So, here we go…

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The first theory I will discuss here is a belief in a Pentecost Rapture. One point that I would like to point out first that I did not cover in my Pentecost Rapture post originally is that most Christians believe that Christ Jesus will need to fulfill all of the feasts of the Lord. We all know that He has already fulfilled the first 3 and have ideas on how He will fulfill the last ones in the fall… however, many believe that Pentecost has been fulfilled by Him and yet, that is NOT the case. Pentecost for the Church was done by the Holy Spirit, not Jesus. Therefore, Jesus still needs to fulfill it. This is where the Rapture (which is the next event on the prophetic time table) comes in.

Just a note… I have noticed that there is some confusion as to when Pentecost is this year (2009). Some are saying that it is on Friday, May 29, 2009. It is actually on Sunday, May 31, 2009 (though it begins at sundown on May 30th to sunset May 31st). You can see this in Leviticus 23: 15-16 . Pentecost is always the day after the Sabbath. The Sabbath is always on Saturday and the day after that is always a Sunday. I will copy two of my previous posts on this topic here.

Click here to read Part I in its entirety:

Could the rapture of the church happen on Pentecost? When is Pentecost 2008?

First of all, the true biblical holiday of Pentecost is NOT this weekend (May 17-18). Christians who are celebrating Pentecost on this weekend are basing their judgment on Easter, which they believe represents the Passover… this is not true. Easter was celebrated a month before Passover this year based on the Gregorian calendar not the Hebrew calendar. The true Passover was on April 20th not March 23rd. Therefore, Pentecost is actually June 8th… [*edit*: Date is actually June 15, 2008, please visit original post to Part I, linked above]

A Specific Time vs. A Specific Number of Believers

…The Bible also states that the festivals are a shadow of things to come, which means that they each have a prophetic fulfillment.

Colossians 2:16-17 “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come;…”

Some may say that these holy days are fulfilled “for the Jewish people…” Well, the Church began on Pentecost and it includes the Gentiles… not just the Jewish people. A good way to look at it is that Pentecost could be the parentheses around the Church age between Daniel’s 69th week and the 70th week…

Pentecost History

…With this assumption, then the world (nations) would be destroyed (judged) by His wrath, a remnant of Israel (Noah) would be spared through His wrath and the Church (Enoch) would be removed before His wrath. I believe that the beginning of God’s wrath starts with the first seal in Revelation 6, but that is a topic to be covered later…

Pentecost Practices

…We may assume that these two loaves of leavened bread, which are also called the “first fruits” to the Lord, are the Church (1=Jewish believers, 2=Gentile believers). We are called the First Fruits unto the Lord. The leaven represents sin and giving it in a wave offering is a way of sanctifying it before the Lord as He did with us through Christ the Messiah. A good point to make here as well, is that this is the ONLY feast where leaven is used and so it can be viewed that this is the only feast directly dealing with the Church…

…Naomi in the role of Israel, destitute and alone; Ruth as the Church, the gentile bride; Boaz as the Kinsman Redeemer (Messiah) and the story a prediction of the relationship between the three of them. On His way to redeeming Israel, the Kinsman Redeemer takes a gentile bride, saving both from destitution.

Pentecost Future

Exodus 19:13 “…when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount.”

Acts 2:1 “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.”

Matthew 13:30 “Let both [wheat and tares] grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into My barn.” …

Click here to read Part II in its entirety:

The Festival of Unleavened Bread

…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 Fulfillment of Firstfruits

…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….

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 Waving of the Loaves

…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…

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…

The Samaritan Woman

…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…

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!…

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?…

Conclusion

…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.

25 Responses to “Rapture Theories”

  1. Donna Pay said

    Hi Alison and Bradley…….
    I have read your comments about the Jewish Wedding…the Feast Days of God …the Pentecost rapture…and it’s timing…(2008?) and I completely agree with you! It is a thrill to read all that you have discovered. Thank you so much for all the great info here at your site. I see that June 8….is a possible day for the rapture. I just wanted to share with you both that I think June 15 is a possilbe date too??? If Passover was the 20th of April…and First Fruits is the following Sunday after the first Friday/Saturday sabbath (Sat. April 26th)…..then that makes First Fruits April 27th……….
    If that is true….then that starts the 50 day count to Pentecost…………and that comes to one week later…June 15th. It isn’t always Sivan 6..
    See what you think……but if if if this could possible be the one……I didn’t want you to think that it wasn’t this Pentecost……..it still very well could be……just one week later……..take good care and I look forward to meeting both of you ……. in His Kingdom ………..soon!!! Bless you, Donna = )

    p s a website that has dealt with trying …. Michael Rood ministries…….see what you think???

  2. Donna Pay said

    ps that was “trying to correct the Jewish Calendar and get it more accurate” is Michael Rood Ministries

  3. truthoughts said

    Donna,

    Thank you so much for your kind words. Adorable! I am very familiar with Michael Rood… we use to watch his show, but then it went off the air or maybe changed times… not sure, anyway thank you for your comment.

    We are waiting with bated breath. We are 99.9% sure it is this year, whether it be this weekend, next weekend, Rosh Hashanna, etc. We will see you soon either way: here, there or in the air. Keep looking up!

    Sincerely In Christ,
    Alison

  4. truthoughts said

    Donna,

    Okay… I appologize that I didn’t get to take the time to calculate what you were saying before, but I believe that you are completely right. June 15th. Thank you so much… I had started the count the Sabbath between Passover and First Fruits, not the Sabbath after First Fruits. I will put an *edit* note in my previous post. Thank you again! 🙂

    Sincerely In Christ,
    Alison

  5. Hello Allison, I love your site. I will be reading through it a lot more in the days ahead; gathering information and posting on my own site.

    For about a year now I’ve come to the conclusion that Daniel’s 70th week prophecy is a Dual Application prophecy. It has led me to His return in 2016; the buzz of the winter solstice of 2012 I believe is Mid-Trib; which puts next June 09 as being the confirmation of the covenant with many.

    Therefore; I agree that the Rapture will be either this Rosh Hashanah or next Pentecost. I have a feeling that if it took place this weekend, that would be too much time before the confirmation. And traditionally, Islam has attacked the Jews on Yom-Kippur; which is 10 days after Rosh Hashanah. I get my Jewish Culture studies mainly from Perry Stone.

    Nevertheless, would love to keep in touch. What part of Tx are you in? I’m in Dallas!

    In His Mighty Grip!

  6. truthoughts said

    Kingdom Engineer,

    Thank you for your comment / compliment! 🙂 I noticed that you have links to Prophecy In The News… have you watched the interview with Mark Biltz? Very interesting studies. Mark and I were talking about a week ago about it and I just received the DVD study collection on the Jewish Feasts. I have watched some of it, but am not quite finished yet. It is a very interesting study and goes into fascinating detail of the history, the traditions and the future significance of each feast. I would highly recommend it.

    I have watched Perry Stone and he is a very passionate teacher with some great information. I appreciate your comment and I will email you regarding your other question. Have a blessed day!

    Sincerely In Christ,
    Alison

  7. Amy said

    Looks like you missed this one. Try Mark Biltz website. Very Informative.
    Take Care

  8. truthoughts said

    Amy,

    This page is for sharing rapture theories… multiple ones. I cover Mark Biltz in different areas of my site. I know that Mark believes that the rapture will occure on Rosh Hashannah, but I have not covered that one yet. Mark does not go public with his belief regarding pre, mid, post, etc. rapture theories… he makes that very clear. I have been in communication with him and have watched his DVD set on the feasts. I will be adding that information in a later post. I appreciate your comment and hope that you will continue to search my site to see where all I have covered Mark’s information. I agree that he has a lot of great information and I hope that others research it thoroughly. Have a great day!

    For more information on Mark Biltz, please check out his site: http://www.elshaddaiministries.us/

    Sincerely In Christ,
    Alison

  9. Gary Rogers said

    Could the rapture occur on Pentecost(Shavuot) in 2009? This would be exactly 3-1/2 years from the date of December 21, 2012. And didn’t the angel ask the apostles who saw Jesus ascend to heaven 50 days after His crucifixion why they marvelled so, for He would return just as He left?…on Pentecost? And what about the fig tree prophecy that while the fig is still green on the tree with tender twigs that would be a sign of His coming? I did some research on the fig harvest in Israel and they are ripe in August and September…they would definitely be green and unripe on May 31, 2009…true Pentecost(Shavuot).

    • truthoughts said

      Gary,

      Wow… those are amazing points! It is incredible when we find awe inspiring epiphanies in small and simple tidbits. Putting that information together with the Song of Solomon rapture happening in the spring time (after the winter and rain)… plus looking at the church as a “parentheses” “mystery”… very exciting! Thank you so much for sharing this information! I will be updating my post or possibly writing another one and will definitely include this and credit you. Thank you so much for your comment and insight, very encouraging! 🙂

      Sincerely In Christ,
      Alison “Truthoughts”

  10. Katie said

    Great blog and hope to have some time soon to come back and read more!

  11. Scott said

    Alison,
    Thank you for your faithfulness to the LORD! We need to keep looking up, our LORD is very near. The LORD told a group of us to warn this generation that His wrath is coming- He always warns people in hopes that they would repent and escape His judgment. We made a video called “Think About It” which you can view by going to our website: http://www.seventheory.com or type “Seven Theory” in a youtube search. This is also available as an evangelism CD you can hand out- free download from our website. We do all this for the LORD- not money! As far as Shavuot 2009 as a time for the rapture, I am also watching this date with much hope. It is believed that Enoch was born & raptured on Shavuot & is a type of the church & the rapture in the Old Testament. Satan is now working vigorously as he knows he will shortly be in house arrest for 1000 years- praise God!
    God Bless,
    Scott
    Seven Theory Ministries

    • truthoughts said

      Scott,

      Thank you for your comment. Sorry it took so long to get to it, it went into my spam folder. It is always nice to see other believers (still in the Truth). If not before, I am sure I will see you in the heavens with the Lord. =)

      AMEN to the “house arrest” he has coming. We are so blessed to see everything coming to fruition. We are among the generation that will not see death. God is so great and so FAITHFUL!

      Thank you again, Scott! May the Lord give you peace, strength, blessing and perseverance to the very end!

      Sincerely In Christ,
      Alison

  12. I’m still on record for a Pentecost 2009 rapture … 22 days and counting.

    Check out my site; comments welcome.

    Steve

  13. Hepzibah said

    Wow – did not think about Jesus fulfilling each Jewish feast – but I did always believe in a Shavout/Pentecost Rapture. I cannot say what year this will happen and God does not base his time line on the Mayan calendar or on Nostradomus – however decades ago I had a vivid dream of the Rapture. It was a bright sunny day – yet I was dressed in jeans and a white t-shirt. The one marker was as I was raised up, I could see scores of people BBQ-ing on their decks. Shavout/Pentecost will be on Memorial Day in 2012.

    • truthoughts said

      Thanks for sharing your dream. I always love hearing other’s rapture dreams… its exciting! If you have any more, feel free to share them here 😉 I’m all ears, lol.

  14. Toni Auble said

    I commend you on your website. There is a lot of info out there on the “Last Days” and what that means. I saw the videos “Rapture – Fall 2010?” or Prophecy in the News. I was also very awestruck at how the heavens declare the glory of G-d. I am also wanting to learn more about the Jewish Calendar and symbolism. I have read a book called “The False Prophet” by Ellis Skofield. It’s free on the web and you can even down load it. He has dates and has studied all his life. I have tried to ask others what they thought of the book and got no response. If you would have the time, I think you may be intrigued by the dates and calendar years.

    I too am watching for HIS glorious return.

    • truthoughts said

      Toni, thanks for your comment. I have a few books I am researching at the moment but I will be sure to add that one to my list. Thanks for sharing the info with me. =) Its not much longer now.

  15. Eric Estes said

    Hello Allison, may the Lord bless you and your husband for this website and all that you are doing for Him in these last days of the christian church age. A brilliant scholar pointed out something quite interesting in the Song of Solomon 2:10-13. “My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land; The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.” He believes this to be the rapture of the christian church in the late spring, early summer between May and June. If the Lord comes on a feast day, I do believe it would be Pentecost.

    • truthoughts said

      Eric,

      Thank you for your comments. I do agree that those verses make for a good point in regards to that timing for the rapture. As we see many things unfolding in Egypt and elsewhere as the Bible foretold, it is so encouraging to know how close we really are… and how faithful our Lord is to the fulfillment of His Word to the smallest detail. Soon and very soon, we are going to see our King. =)

      Many blessings
      Alison

  16. Eric Estes said

    Hello again sister Allison, I just wanted to add additional comments about timing. A certain scholar also made comments about the times and the seasons. In Acts 1:6 when Jesus’ disciples came together and asked Him would He at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel, He told them that it (was not given to them to know the times (year) and the seasons (month)). Jesus was still in a position where things could swing either way. The Kingdom was still being offered to Israel until Steven is stoned in Acts 7. This is why Steven practically went through the whole bible to convince the rulers that they crucified their Messiah, but to no avail. Before Steven’s death, notice how Jesus let Steven know that He was ready and willing to come down and set up the kingdom if the leaders would have only believed. Jesus is normally sitting at the right hand of the Father, but in this vision He is standing. Of course it was already prophesied that Israel would reject the King and the kingdom, but the Lord was still faithful to the very end of the offer, and this is what He communicated to Steven. But we now know that God has given to us to know the times (year) and the seasons (month), (1Thess. 5:1-6).
    This scholar also notes that God has not spoken since 1611 (AV KJV 1611). 2011 is the 400th year anniversary. Wouldn’t this be an interesting shadow of things to come? After 400 years of silence between the Old and New Testaments, John shows up in the spirit of Elijah preaching the gospel of the kingdom (kingdom of heaven on earth) (Matt. 11:14), and Jesus represented the other witness (Moses) (Deut. 18:15) as well as our Savior and Lord.
    I’m just guessing as every one else is, but I believe the rapture could very possibly be this year in June or in May of 2012 at the latest. If He does not show in June of 2011, then making it to May 2012 will be quite interesting. But we must occupy until He comes while we are watching. Focussing on soul winning and exhorting the brethren instead of focussing on getting out of here would be best. What say you?

  17. Jonathan Adjetey said

    is it true that the rapture will take place in three folds? thus the rapture itself, then after th tribulation period and the third one is when Christ land on the mount of Olives?

    • truthoughts said

      Hello Jonathan,

      You have asked a loaded question. I would say that most believe in one rapture however, that would leave some areas not covered. Regarding the rapture of the Church (Christ followers, Bible believers) there is one rapture. I personally believe in a Pre-Tribulation rapture of the church (the Body of Christ). When you read in Revelation 14 that the 144 thousand Jews that were sealed in Revelation 7 are then (in Rev.14) before the throne with the Lord. They appear at the same time which indicates another rapture. Many believe these 144,000 minister and witness to those on the earth during the tribulation however this is not in the scriptures. So, we see 2 possible raptures, one of the church and one of the 144 thousand Jews (12,000 from each tribe excluding the tribe of Dan). Some who believe in a Post-Tribulation rapture confuse a resurrection with the rapture of the church. At the end of the tribulation there will be a resurrection of all who have been beheaded for not taking the mark of the beast and they will be resurrected to reign with Christ for a thousand years until all be fulfilled (Revelation 20). This is not a rapture of those living but a resurrection of those who have died. The rest of those who have died (not including the church) will be resurrected at the end of the thousand year reign of Christ when all will be judged. I hope this helps clarify in regard to your question. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.

      Many Blessings,
      Alison

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