The RAPTURE will come on … WHEN?
Harold Camping is yet one more example of the desire some Christians have to see the Lord in “their day.” The date Harold has set for the Rapture to occur is May 21. Is it? Two things to start. The Bible warns against setting dates and really only acknowledges we may recognize the “season of His coming” … in other words, don’t set a date that even the Son of God does not know! So how would any human know by their own means? Second, in an associated post on this blog, we speculate that the Rapture may well come at an as yet unfulfilled Jewish holiday, that would be the Feast of Trumpets also known as Rosh Hashannah.
Why make that speculation? First, because Gentile believers may miss the significance of this unless they embrace a full Messianic view. And further, Scripture speaks to a Rapture that comes with the blast of a trumpet and a shout from the heavens. The Feast of Trumpets has a number of trumpet blasts, not the least of which qualify as potential candidates for the ‘the last great blast’ of the schofar that brings the believing community into His presence. What is also forgotten by many, the Rapture is very likely pre-tribulational.
Why? Well, the Feast of Trumpets comes before the “Terrible Days” or “Days of Awe” that fall between the Jewish Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement. Further, Scripture does not speak of the community of believers as on the earth during the tribulations to come. Other believers arise during the initial times, but the body of belevers representing the Bride of Messiah are with Him and not on the planet! It makes sense to thus make such a speculation. But that is as far as we can suggest or take this. Harold Camping would be commended for his courage if he were to retract his prediction which is both likely wrong and something from a human’s understanding. Stay tuned … May 21 is just around the corner!