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September 13th, 2018

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The Seventh Shofar and The Rapture (Part 2)

Read part 1 HERE.

  1. In Rev. 14 we read what many scholars historically have said is the rapture and the resurrection of the saints.  There are two angels, one harvests the earth in what seems like a harvest of the righteous (14:16).  Then another angel gathers the grapes into the winepress of the wrath of God.  This fits the idea that the wrath of God is a very brief period at the end of the tribulation, and we are not here for that.  It fits the time between the Feast of Trumpets and Yom Kippur.Some who say they believe in a pre-wrath rapture find support for this here.  Some of them claim to be mid-tribulation, pre-wrath in their view of the timing of the rapture, but this mistakes the tribulation as a seven-year period and coordinates it with the seven trumpets, whereas the Bible tells us it is 3 ½ years or half a seven.  So, the bowls of wrath come at the very end and occur as we are returning with him from heaven to deliver Israel.  It also includes the picture of the Lord slaying the armies of the nations that have come up to destroy Israel (Rev. 19, Joel 3; Zech. 12, 14).
  2. The seventh shofar view again fits what happens after the armies of the nations are destroyed.  The Feast of Trumpets/New Year in Jewish tradition leads to the Days of Awe, the days of judgment between Rosh Hoshana and Yom Kippur, but on Yom Kippur we have the final day of repentance.  So, there will be a great Yom Kippur in Jerusalem, Israel and the nations.It would seem that the return of Yeshua to the earth after the rapture and resurrection leads to the repentance of those who were not raptured.  This fits the picture of Zechariah 12:10-14 when all of the tribes of Israel mourn.  They look on Him who they have pierced and mourn for him.  This does not seem to be a heavenly vision where they see him, but that He will be literally here and will be seen on earth.  Some do see this as a pre-rapture turning of Israel, but I think the idea of the last war and Israel’s deliverance comes first, for in a time of war, one would not be able to fit this picture of everyone mourning. No, they would be fighting.  Indeed, this is a picture after the war where Israel, in their natural bodies, will be mourning and realizing that He was the one, their Messiah and Savior, all along.  So, in these pictures, Yom Kippur fits if it follows the rapture and resurrection.
  3. At the end of Yom Kippur, a shofar is blown.  It could be the last of this Age, and the inauguration of the Age to Come.  In Lev. 25:10-12 the shofar blown on Yom Kippur announces the Jubilee year.  Indeed, Israel and the nations have repented and all can now celebrate Sukkot together or Tabernacles (Zech. 14:16).  The First Tabernacles of the Millennial Age would fit as the celebration of the Bride of the Messiah being joined to the Messiah, or the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.So, the shofar blast of Yom Kippur on this scheme would not be the rapture and resurrection but the Jubilee shofar that ends the old age and begins the Millennial Age and the reign of the Messiah and his Bride, of Jew and Gentile who reign within Israel and the nations.  The rapture shofar is not the shofar announcing the age of peace as at the end of Yom Kippur after repentance, but the seventh also announces the final judgment of Rev. 19 and Zech. 14 and the very last battle that takes place.
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By | 2018-10-11T07:47:07+00:00 September 13th, 2018|5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Etty Koster September 21, 2018 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    Great read! Thanks!
    Shalom from Holland!

  2. Ian Liddle September 21, 2018 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    Well explained – thank you, Dan! Your interpretation is quite similar to my own understanding. However, I suspect we might differ in our understanding of the two witnesses, whom I do not see as two individuals. Rev 11:4 tells us that they are the two menorahs (ekklesiai – from Rev 1:20) and the two olive trees (see Romans 11) who stand before the God of the earth. In other words, the two witnesses are the Messianic Jews and the Gentile Church, and the rapture of all these saints in Rev 11:12 equates to Rev 14:16. The greatest sign that the rapture is approaching is the fall of “Mystery Babylon” in Rev 14:8, which is presumably why we are given so much detail about this in Rev 17 and 18. The Book of Revelation is surprisingly well-ordered chronologically – and it does help when you have understood Ellis Skolfield’s time code.

  3. Bob Boynton September 21, 2018 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    If we are taken out of “time” we will experience the events of the Wedding Feast of the Lamb while “in time” the last week of years for Daniel’s people Israel will unfold, after which the coronation of King Yeshua in Yerushalyim happens starting 1000 years of peace on Earth

  4. David Sparkowich September 22, 2018 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    If believers are raptured out before the 7 bowl judgments, the only prayer force pulling for the salvation of Yisrael would be removed. Would Yisrael’s national salvation be brought forth without prayer?

  5. Cindie Haese September 26, 2018 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    I have been praying and declaring Zechariah 14 for years and know that God Himself will pour out on Israel a spirit of grace and supplication that will cause them to cry out and of course He will answer. Since our prayers are ever around His throne perhaps these and other’s prayers throughout the ages will suffice.

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