Ron Reese (30 Aug 2015)
"And the Day of the Rapture will be...--(Part 1)"


AND THE DAY OF THE RAPTURE WILL BE...
 
Isn't that the question that all Christians want answered?  The majority of Bible Prophecy watchmen are looking very seriously at the Fall of 2015, and many, including myself, are actually EXPECTING THIS TO BE OUR LONG-AWAITED TIME!!!  The two-month time period, from Sept. 11th through Nov. 11th, hold many compelling reasons, signs, puzzle pieces, clues, and calculations, as to why so many of us are convinced that we have EVERY reason to believe WE HAVE FINALLY ARRIVED!!!
 
But can we actually pinpoint the very DAY OF THE RAPTURE???  Many Watchmen are convinced that we can.  Many are convinced that the day of the Rapture will be Sept. 23--24th, Feast of Atonement, this year.  Indeed, there are several calculations pointing DIRECTLY to this very day.  I believe it will be Day 1 of modern-day Israel's very first Jubilee Year!!!  Many, including myself, are convinced that the Jubilee cycle began the day that Israel re-captured their holy city of Jerusalem, in the 6-Day War, on June 7, 1967.  Amazingly, the 49-Year cycle ends precisely on this very day in 2015, the most holy day of the year for the Jews, the day of the year that a Year of Jubilee is supposed to begin. 
 
There are other major calculations that also point us DIRECTLY to this very same day.  We also have Obama, the Antichrist, and Pope Francis, the likely False Prophet, meeting at the White House, on Sept. 23rd, with the Pope making an important announcement to Congress on Sept. 24th.  Most Prophetic scholars are convinced that something REALLY REALLY HUGE is going to take place on Day of Atonement, Sept. 23--24th.  But will it be the Day of the Rapture???
 
There are other Bible Prophecy scholars who are adament that the Rapture has to happen on Feast of Trumpets, also called Roshashana.  This year this day, which is filled with Rapture implications, is on Sept. 13--15th.  Because this Feast Day, the first day of the civil Jewish New Year, cannot begin until the day after the first sliver of the moon is spotted in Jerusalem, it is referred to as "the day and hour of which nobody knows".  This is the same phrase that is referenced by the Rapture event in the New Testament.  Also the Rapture is accompanied by the sound of the Trumpets, so many scholars have deduced that Feast of Trumpets HAS to be the Day of the Rapture.  Feast of Trumpets is celebrated as a two-day event, and actually covers parts of three different days.  Many seem convinced that Feast of Trumpets, 2015, will be the time of the Rapture.  If so, which of the three days?  Many other Prophetic scholars are NOT convinced that the Rapture will be on this Feast Day.  Will Feast of Trumpets, Sept. 13--15th, of this year, be the Day of the Rapture???
 
Still other equally proficient Bible Prophecy scholars label the Final Fall Feast, the Feast of Tabernacles, to be the Rapture Feast.  They are able to make seemingly valid Scriptural points as to why the Rapture HAS to be on Feast of Tabernacles, in whatever year.  But this Feast, like Feast of Trumpets, is not just on one day.  It covers 7 to 8 days.  I have read dissertations, over the years, that support the Rapture taking place on Day 1, Day 3, Day 7, and Day 8, of Feast of Tabernacles.  There is a lot of different opinions on which Day of Tabernacles is actually the Rapture Day, if any.  This year, 2015, Day 1 of Tabernacles is on the Final lunar eclipse of the blood red moon tetrad for 2014--2015, leading some to support Day 1, Sept. 28th, as the Day of the Rapture.  Will the 7--8 Day period of Feast of Tabernacles, starting on Sept. 28th of 2015, be the time of the Rapture???
 
My personal view on the Day of the Rapture has evolved over the past 40+ years of studying Bible Prophecy.  It has taken me many, many years, but I now firmly believe that the Bible has the answers to the Day of the Rapture.  Will the Rapture be on a Fall Feast Day???  Will the Rapture be on the first Day of the Tribulation???  Can we KNOW the actual Day of the Rapture?  Let's examine briefly these three questions.
 
First, "Will the Rapture be on a Fall Feast Day?"  I do believe the Rapture will be in the Fall (I include all of Sept., for simplicity's sake) and I do believe we have EVERY reason to expect the pre-Tribulation Rapture to be this year, 2015.  I am no longer convinced that it HAS to be on a Feast Day, but I would certainly not, at this point, rule out any of the Fall Feast Days in 2015 to be the actual time of the Rapture.  The reason I believe in a Fall Rapture is because Jesus is the fulfillment of the 7 Feasts.  During His 1st Coming, our Lord fulfilled the 4 Spring Feasts, so it is obvious to most Bible Prophecy scholars that God HAS to complete His Prophetic plan, by having Jesus fulfill the remaining three Fall Feasts, on His literal Return to earth.  All signs point to the Year being 2022, which means that the 7-Year Tribulation must start in the Fall of 2015.  This should, therefore, put the Rapture at this time also. 
 
Secondly, "Will the Rapture be on the first Day of the Tribulation???  It has only been the last few years, that I could answer this question with any degree of confidence.  I believe the answer to this question is "Yes".  I believe the Scriptures support the Tribulation being the Day of the Lord.  And I believe the Day of the Lord is twofold, being God's time of Judgment for the world, and God's time to provide a way of ESCAPE, for the Bride of Christ, through the pre-Trib Rapture.  I believe the Word supports these two extremely important, and climatic events, to take place on the very same day.  I will expound on the Scriptural reasons why in the post below, which is Part 1, and also much more next week, in Part 2.
 
Thirdly, "Can we KNOW the actual Day of the Rapture?"  My answer is "Yes, we can KNOW the DAY of the Rapture, but maybe not the DATE of the Rapture."  Let me explain.  There is still no consensus as to the actual DATE of the Rapture, even though many Bible Prophecy scholars are fully expecting it to take place this Fall.  Let me just say that that MAY change if we are still here after the Fall Feast Days this year, and there has been no pre-Tribulation Rapture yet.  So, we MAY be able to KNOW the actual DATE of the Rapture, in the near future, but right now we do not KNOW the DATE of the Rapture for sure.
 
So, how can we KNOW the DAY of the Rapture, without knowing the DATE of the Rapture?  I am finally about to tell you the answer to the title of this post.  AND THE DAY OF THE RAPTURE WILL BE...THE DAY OF THE SIMULTANEOUS SUDDEN DESTRUCTION!!!!!!! 
 
So, if we could figure out the the DAY of the Sudden Destruction of 1st Thessalonians 5, we would KNOW the actual DATE of the Rapture.  So, the Rapture COULD be on one of the Fall Feast Days this year, 2015, but only if the Sudden Destruction, in the Word of God, is on the very same Feast Day.
 
Before I let you read why I believe in a simultaneous Rapture and Sudden Destruction (which I believe will be nuclear bombs), let me tell you my likely DATE of the Rapture.  My study of Bible Prophecy has convinced me that the Sudden Destruction of 1st Thess. 5 is the same day as the starting date of the Tribulation.  And I believe we have numerous reasons, as I have presented to you in several different posts this year, that this day will be on ELEVEN ELEVEN OF THIS YEAR!
That is why I strongly lean towards this also being the probable DATE of the Rapture.  But I do not KNOW that for sure.  I will be watching with all of you, especially during the Fall Feast Days that are rapidly approaching.  I fully understand those of you who are pointing towards Feast of Trumpets, or Feast of Atonement, in September.  I really do.  I just do not agree with you.  But I will be watching with you, especially on these Feast Days.  I can only pray that if the Rapture does not happen in Sept. or early October, that all of you will continue watching with me right up until November 11th.
 
Below is a post that I wrote a few years back, slightly revised, as to why I believe that the Sudden Destruction and the Rapture will be at the same time.  Then, I will continue on this same theme in Part 2 next week.
 
 
 
         THE SIMULTANEOUS RAPTURE AND SUDDEN DESTRUCTION

In many of my recent posts, I have put the the words SUDDEN DESTRUCTION/RAPTURE together, because I believe they will take place simultaneously.  I believe Scripture supports this premise, and I am about to show you why.  

Back around 1977, I attended a series of Bible Prophecy meetings put on by Hilton Sutton.  Brother Hilton was still teaching on Bible Prophecy, at age 84, as I had seen him on TV a few years back, but he passed away a couple of years ago.  I bought every tape he had made at that time, which really triggered my interest in Bible Prophecy.  In one of his sermons, I remember quite vividly, he proclaimed that as the nuclear bombs were DESCENDING, the saints would be ASCENDING, in the Rapture, at the exact same time.  It made a lot of sense to me at the time, and even makes more sense to me now, because my study of the Scripture shows me the same thing.

If we read I Thessalonians 4:16 through 5:9, we learn all about the RAPTURE and some of the details, and we also find the words SUDDEN DESTRUCTION.  These verses are all talking about the same subject--the Rapture and Sudden Destruction.  Men made the Chapter separations.  God did not.  It is all one topic being discussed here.  After Paul gives us the details of the Rapture in Ist Thess. 4:16-18, he continues on in Chapter 5, on the same subject matter.  

We can know this because the very first word in Chapter 5 is "BUT", a conjuction, or a CONNECTING WORD, which connects the last portion of Chapter 4 with Chapter 5.  So, the last three very familar verses of Chapter 4, and the 1st 2 verses of Chapter 5, are talking about the Rapture.  The first word of the very next verse, verse 3, starts with the word FOR, another connecting word, connecting verse 3 with verse 2, so it is easy to conclude that verse 3 is also referring to the Rapture.  Verse 3 says, "...then SUDDEN DESTRUCTION cometh upon THEM...and THEY SHALL NOT ESCAPE."  

The next few verses go on to tell us that the children of light, those who are not spiritually asleep, those who are WATCHING, will ESCAPE THE SUDDEN DESTRUCTION.  These verses tell us emphatically that THE RAPTURE IS AN ESCAPE FROM THE SUDDEN DESTRUCTION!!!  The two main themes of these verses, THE RAPTURE AND SUDDEN DESTRUCTION ARE INSEPARABLE.  They are woven together.  They are one and the same event.  

Luke 21: 34-35 says, "...and so THAT DAY come upon you unawares.  For AS A SNARE, shall it come on all them who dwell on the face of THE WHOLE EARTH."  A SNARE is a TRAP.  There is no ESCAPING (outside of the Rapture), the TRAP that is being set for the WHOLE EARTH. There is no way to escape, or outrun a nuclear bomb.  Nuclear warfare, and the aftermath, will have devastating effects on the WHOLE EARTH.  Most of the judgments in the Book of Revelation can be directly attributed to the effects of nuclear war, and the aftermath. 

But the GREAT NEWS is that there IS A WAY OF ESCAPE!!!  THE RAPTURE IS OUR ESCAPE!!!  The very next verse in Luke 21:36 says, "WATCH ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be ACCOUNTED WORTHY TO ESCAPE ALL these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man (Jesus)."  Do not let anyone rob you of your Blessed Hope.  Over the many years of my Bible Prophecy ministry, I have received hundreds of emails and letters, trying to rob me of my Blessed Hope, the Rapture.  This verse says their is an ESCAPE  FROM ALL, not some.  

Some time this Fall, we have every reason to believe that the world will enter the 70th Week of Daniel.  The Tribulation judgments have to begin SOON.  But, as of yet, they have not started.  I am convinced that they will start with the SUDDEN DESTRUCTION/RAPTURE!!!  Before the month of September is over, World War 3 is likely to begin!  When the first nuclear bombs hit, I believe we will be experiencing our SIMULTANEOUS ESCAPE, IN THE RAPTURE, JUST LIKE THESE SCRIPTURES PROMISE US!!!  ARE YOU READY TO STAND BEFORE THE SON OF MAN (JESUS)???  Sept. 11th through Nov. 11th hold more promise of the Sudden Destruction/Rapture than any time in our lifetime.  The signs for this two-month period are numerous and extremely compelling.   

I take my calling as a watchman seriously.  We can rejoice in escaping in the Rapture, but millions upon millions will not have a 2nd chance.  They will be destroyed in the Sudden Destruction.  We must warn people now that this Sudden Destruction may very well be upon us in the VERY NEAR future. I consider most everyone who reads Five Doves on a regular, or semi-regular basis, to be a WATCHMAN, and I believe the Lord does also.

Ezekiel 33:2-6 says, "When I bring a sword upon a land, if the people...set him for their WATCHMAN...If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blows the trumpet, and warns the people; Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.  He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him.  But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.  But if the WATCHMAN SEE THE SWORD COME, AND BLOW NOT THE TRUMPET, AND THE PEOPLE BE NOT WARNED; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the WATCHMAN'S hand."

Current events around the world, especially the Middle East, could quite rapidly escalate into World War 3.  North Korea and South Korea is a powder keg situation as I write this.  China remains a threat to Taiwan and to the U.S.  Russia's expansionist views are escalating rapidly.  Will our enemies try to simultaneously take out the U.S. (the Big Satan) and Israel (the little Satan) at the same time?  Will the Israel--Iran nuclear crisis be the impetus for World War III and the Sudden Destruction/Rapture?  Whatever the decision on Sept. 17th is by the U.S. Congress, to either ratify, or reject, the Iran nuclear deal, it is very likely to ignite World War 3.

Whatever the SUDDEN DESTRUCTION of the Bible is, it cannot be far away.  It will be devastating!  It will be horrendous!  It will be cataclysmic!  Praise God that He has provided a way of escape, through the Rapture of the Bride!  But how concerned are YOU about your unsaved relatives, friends, and co-workers?  How concerned are YOU about your lukewarm, backslidden, compromising, and worldly Christians relatives, friends, and co-workers?  I pray that the Lord would give us ALL a burden for people everywhere.

Your last opportunity to WARN your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers may only be days away now.  We are about to enter the final two-month period when we have every reason to expect the Sudden Destruction/Rapture to take place during this time.
 
EVERYONE WHOM YOU KNOW will either be taking part in one or the other.  Over half of the population of the world will perish in this rapidly-approaching Tribulation.  Two excellent witnessing tools, that have been used by hundreds of thousands of other Christians were posted by me in the past three weeks.  These are very powerful tracts, with several million in circulation, linked for your convenience below.  Please make several copies and also forward by email to everyone you know, before it is eternally too late.  Your obediece to the prompting of the Holy Spirit could very well make the difference in where somebody you care about spends eternity:
 
http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/aug2015/ronr816.htm  'WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE LEFT BEHIND AFTER THE RAPTURE"
 
http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/aug2015/ronr89-2.htm  "ARE ALL CHRISTIANS GOING IN THE RAPTURE?  ARE YOU SURE YOU ARE READY?"

Much more proof that the Rapture and Sudden Destruction will be simultaneous will be presented in Part 2 next week.

Maranatha!  It will not be long now!  Be ready!  Stay ready!

Ron Reese
rgreese49@aol.com