Bruce Baber (4 Aug 2011)
"Comparing Rosh Hashanah with Tu B'Av in light of Matthew 24:37-39"


There's a lot of talk about something coming from outerspace that may cause earthquakes, pole shifts, tsunamis and even such disasters as would cause world leaders to dig foxholes in their front yards.


This thought occurs to me.  With all the rumors about some kind of object (possibly the object dubbed Nemesis or Planet X by astronomers back in the 80s) coming near at the same time as Rosh Hashanah this year, then it probably won't be a time of normalicy.  It seems to me everyone and everything will be troubled!  Really troubled!Yet here is what the Bible says...

Matthew 24:37-39

37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.


Here are the possibilities as I consider that passage from Matthew.  1. No looming catastrophy from outerspace and the rapture occuring at Rosh Hashanah.  2. No rapture this year even though there might be some rogue planet later this year.  3. No rapture and nothing coming from outerspace this year.  4. The rapture coming earlier than Rosh Hashanah... when everyone is going about their regular business which to my mind makes Tu B'Av (August 15th) look very promising. 


I guess there are other possibilities, but I think you see my point.  If everything is somewhat normal, despite the economy and a host of other troubles, then August 15th seems to fit the time described in Matthew better than a time later this year when everything could be tumbling out of control and no one is able to lead a normal life.  Now then, since we are in the 63rd year since the rebirth of Israel and this is apparently the terminal generation and because I believe in a pretribulation rapture of the bride, option 4 seems the strongest possibility of those I have cited. 


Those of us who think the pretrib rapture is on Tu B'Av are in a very small minority.  The way things look today most of the world will still be eating, drinking, marrying and so forth on the obscure holiday of Tu B'Av.  I won't be certain until my feet are are a few inches off the floor, but I truly think the pretrib rapture of the bride on Tu B'Av best fits the scenario depicted in Matthew.



Bruce Baber