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September 12th, 2018

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The Seventh Shofar and The Rapture (Part 1)

Those who believe that the rapture of the saints and the resurrection of the righteous in Yeshua comes at the end of the tribulation (Post Tribulation), present two views of where to place the rapture.  One view, which I think is the more dominant, is that it comes at the seventh Shofar in Rev 11.  The other view is that it comes at the end of the season of the bowls of wrath (a brief season at the end of the tribulation), and is identified with the blowing of the shofar at the end of Yom Kippur.  This identification is connected to the I Cor. 15:51-52 text that says we will be transformed at the last shofar. 

In my book Passover, Key to the Book of Revelation, I argue for the seventh shofar as the shofar of the Rapture, our being caught up with the Lord that leads to our return with him.  I see a process of events in his return and do not see it as an all at once event.  I do understand that in such matters we see through a glass dimly and that all such views are somewhat speculative. 

My reasons for holding to this view: 

1.  The Last Shofar in I Cor. 15 could refer just to the last of the shofars that bring judgment and this seventh is the last one in the series and announces the final judgment, rapture and resurrection.  It is not the last to ever be blown.  There will be many more blown throughout the Millennial Age.   

2.  The Feast of Yom Teruah, or the Feast of the Blasting of the Trumpet, has no great fulfillment as do the other Feasts, which have obvious fulfillments in Yeshua.  But if Yom Teruah announces the coming of the Messiah, and effects the rapture, the resurrection and then his descent to earth, we would have that fitting fulfillment.  Other attempts do not identify a great fulfillment sufficient for the weightiness of a major feast.  The association of I Thes. 4:16-17 with Yom Teruah or Rosh Hoshana is a dominant view and commonly taught for good reason.

3.  The Book of Revelation provides a chronology that is progressive in the 7 Seals, the 7 Shofarot, and the Seven Bowls of Wrath.  The Seventh Seal opens up and includes the Seven Trumpets. The Seventh Trumpet opens up and includes the Seven Bowls of God’s wrath.  The book also includes parentheses narratives in the midst of this progression that are not necessarily in the progression.  It is significant that John puts his parentheses narratives where he does. 

Before the Seventh Shofar, John writes that the mystery of God has been completed when he is about to sound the seventh shofar (Rev. 10:7).  If this is the shofar of the rapture and resurrection, it would be a perfect fit.  The mystery is the completion of the numbers counted in the Bride of the Messiah (as Paul teaches in Ephesians 3 and is the fullness of the gentiles in Romans 11).  If the rapture and resurrection are after the seventh shofar, then the mystery would not be complete before it is blown as Rev. 10:7 states.  There would still be people being saved who can be part of the rapture after the blowing of the seventh shofar.  This does not fit the text in Rev. 10:7.   

4.  Revelation 11:3 states that at the end of 1,260 days (the time of the Great Tribulation) the two prophetic witnesses who are martyred are raised from the dead and ascend to heaven.  This is certainly a picture of the rapture and resurrection that I believe shortly follows.   Then there is a great earthquake and 7,000 die in the city called Sodom, which is identified as Jerusalem by noting that it is the city where our Lord was crucified.  It then indicates that Jerusalem turns to the Lord.  “The rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.”  (Rev. 11:14)

In every other case when judgments falls in the Book of Revelation, the people do not turn to God but rebel and curse all the more since they are under the deception of the Anti-Christ and the False Prophet.  This fits as the time when Israel/Jerusalem calls on Yeshua to save them (Matthew 23:39 ff.)

This fits Zech. 14 where the nations have surrounded Jerusalem, there is the earthquake and then the Lord goes forth to fight against the armies of those nations.  The turning of Jerusalem to Yeshua fits if it occurs between Zech. 2-3 and then his feet touch down on the Mt. of Olives.  The saints return with Yeshua and the war is still ongoing, not the end of the war yet.  It is not yet the born-again experience for Israel, but seems it is a corporate turning of Jerusalem to Yeshua.  Only after this turning in Rev. 11:14 do we read that the angel sounds the Seventh shofar.  I believe that when Israel or Jerusalem call upon Yeshua it leads to the rapture, then the Kingdoms of this World have become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Anointed One. (Rev. 11:15).

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  1. Chris Bliesner September 14, 2018 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    Thank you Dan and Shalom! I agree with what the Ruach Ha Kodesh has shoen you as “we, the saints are not meant to suffer under the wrath of GOD.” So I am pre-wrath/pre bowls as well.

    1Thess5:9

    Shalom and blessings in Yeshua

    Chris

  2. john-michael September 14, 2018 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    I agree with everything except for the last paragraph. Jesus has to be standing on the Mt of Olives when they say “blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” and of course His godly ones would be with Him by that time… but then the jews who had not yet converted and who had not bowed their knee to the man of sin would still remain in Jerusalem. I think then during the 30 days after the 7th trumpet Jesus is…

  3. anon September 14, 2018 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    confidential note to editor: Please correct II Thes. 4:16-17 reference. It should be I Thes. 4:16-17. Great exegesis, btw. Love Dr Juster’s work!

    • Ken Splane September 18, 2018 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      Hello,

      Thank you for the comment. Correction has been made.

  4. Mary Anne Biele September 15, 2018 at 2:58 am - Reply

    Chris Bliesner,
    In my reading of Dan’s article here, I do not think that he is saying that he is pre-trib, just the opposite. He is saying that he thinks that the rapture comes after the wrath and bowls…as in, “Revelation 11:3 states that at the end of 1,260 days (the time of the Great Tribulation) the two prophetic witnesses who are martyred are raised from the dead and ascend to heaven. This is certainly a picture of the rapture and resurrection that I believe shortly follows.”…and in “Only after this turning in Rev. 11:14 do we read that the angel sounds the Seventh shofar. I believe that when Israel or Jerusalem call upon Yeshua it leads to the rapture…”
    I myself tend to think that our Father in Heaven will bring up His children and reveal the a-c just before the 7 year Tribulation on earth…so I tend to be pre-trib…
    sincerely, Mary Anne Biele

  5. David Rolland Williams September 15, 2018 at 5:24 am - Reply

    Brilliant Presentation,
    I believe it is Vital to base all that we believe about the Return of Christ Jesus our Lord and Saviour on all Scripture so that we may see the Harmony and Truth of Gods Word. Revelation is an amazing Prophecy about the Unveiling of Christ and therefore we must look at all that is in Revelations from the Seals, Trumpets and Bowls and how they all climax in Revelations 19 and 20. At the end of each of the Seals and Trumpets and Bowls we see the Coming of Christ and the Day of Orge/Wrath of God.It is also vital to read where the location of the Bowls are Poured out as it is in a specific location. The Wife is not made ready and not dressed in Fine Linen until after the Whore is Judged and it is then that it says that the Wedding is about to soon take place and blessed are those that are invited etc.Revelations 19 makes it very clear in regards to the Timing and is in complete Harmony with 2 Thessalonians 2 and Matthew 24 etc.
    Cant Wait for Part Two.
    I also believe it is vital to understand what the Word Rapture means and where the word Harpazo is used in the New Testament and especially understand how Paul said that the Rapture happens after the Resurrection of the Dead takes place first. As we are TOGETHER raptured into the clouds, those Resurrected and those changed.
    Amen Brother

  6. Angie Stockamp September 15, 2018 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    Thank you Dan! Your perspective gives increasing “shape” to the things John describes in the Revelation. I am thinking that Sha’ul’s writing in Romans 11:15 has a better fit with a “post-tribulation/pre-wrath” understanding: “For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead.” This seems to mean that resurrection occurs when Israel accepts their Messiah.

    Blessing and Shalom in Yeshua,

    Angie

  7. Immanuel Ferrer September 18, 2018 at 2:00 am - Reply

    to Chris: wait what? I took this here as if we are going through the tribulation. I mean more so, where in the Bible or God’s Word does ever say or show that God’s people are taken out of a tribulation? Never. I have still to find it. In the days of Noah… God didn’t take Noah out of the Earth but provided an Ark. In Egypt, while actual hail and hell fell upon the Egyptians, which by the way is symbolic to the world, God again didn’t take His people out. No. Sir. He provided for their safety and protected them. See I too was pre-tribulation… and trust me by no means did I want to have anything other taught to me. I was pretty happy and comfortable in my “pre tribulation” thinking cause hey… I’m outta here! But no… it does point everywhere, over and over and over that we are to go through with the Strength of our God and of His Ruach Ha Kodesh. Just saying… I didn’t like it either hearing it. But it is what it is. If you have anything that shows contrary, with Scripture… and not just one verse… please share with me. Because nothing new is under the sun and God will deliver us, yes – but not by disappearing to have a big party in heaven while hell breaks loose down here. Where is that ever seen? I mean… back it up with scripture please… cause I would really love to go back to my old way of thinking. I’d love to know that, hey, I’m not going to be here… so all i really have to worry about is loving Christ, paying my bills and deal with the insignificant things we have all come to call “tribulations” without noticing that those are mere interruptions or obstacles to keep our little minds busy on just – pay bills and if it’s not paid oh dear what a tribulation! Feel me? please feel free to contact me at immanuel_ferrer@outlook.com – – I’d love to go back to that warm comfy feeling of “not be here.”

    • Robby S. October 5, 2018 at 2:27 pm - Reply

      I read a comment a few years ago, the Jews believed during the holocaust in WW2, they were waiting for the Lord to deliver them by the rapture method and 6 million + died waiting. What a tragedy of being mislead and not understanding the truth and times we live in. Will it be a repeat in the present day?

  8. John Books September 19, 2018 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Why is everyone worried about the rapture? If Jesus doesn’t know the day or the hour of this event, how is it man thinks he does? The Lord tells us to stay busy….only HE knows the day and who will make it. I’ve heard this all my Christian life and many who were ready to go UP into this event have passed away…thinking they were sure the rapture was taking them first…before death!

    • Leonard Brown September 21, 2018 at 3:48 pm - Reply

      Hal Lindsey the author in the U.S.A. started the ball rolling about the rapture in the late 1960’s for the modern day churches who jumped on the band wagon and preached it to death to the American church. You can find about every subject there is on the rapture if you spend the time web-searching. I believe most people are looking for a way out…and the rapture provides the vehicle for it. I think John B asked the right question, “why is everyone worried about the rapture” ? It is going to happen one way or the other. You either believe it or not…your vote doesn’t count!

    • Leonard Brown September 22, 2018 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      I agree with John Books…why are the Christians worried if they are saved and filled with the spirit?

  9. Clark September 24, 2018 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    It sure is an interesting subject. Rev 1 speaks of the blessing to reading and speaking the Revelation of Yeshua. We absolutely need this blessing as a body and individuals within the Body.

    Debating this topic of rapture and timing of it has led to much division among those who Name the Name of Yeshua. I personally despite my own strong opinion realize it is just that -an opinion. I have repented to the Lord for pride.

    Dan does a nice job explaining what he believes and why but only the LORD knows.

    What concerns me most is that I (We) wouldn’t be ashamed at His coming!

  10. TIM CATCHIM September 28, 2018 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    Is there a visual chart that maps all of this out? Im still trying to learn all this, and a visual would really help. Thanks!

  11. sandra angeluski October 5, 2018 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    What ever day the dead in Christ rise, (the first Resurrection) THEN we who are alive will be caught up. There are only two resurrections. One good and one bad. T1 Thess 4:16

  12. Ortodoxia October 7, 2018 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    The Rapture/Harpazo and Resurrection takes place between the 6th and 7th seal!

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