In response to: http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/july2011/robertb722.htm
Thanks for referencing the article. I will certainly read it as soon as I can.
With regard to the six reasons you presented, I agree with most of them, perhaps except with reason # 2 (which states that “Pentecost is not related to any historical event in Jewish history”).
Your own list includes reason # 5, which says that the Law was received by the Hebrew people on the 50th day at Sinai.
Through the Exodus event God entered into a conditional legal covenant with national Israel at Sinai, based on outward obedience to external law codes. It was there that He gave them his Law and espoused them as His own peculiar covenant people.
I believe that this certainly is a highly historical date in the Jewish history. Besides, here we have the espousing theme again (not only in the Book of Ruth, where a gentile bride was espoused to a Jewish kinsman redeemer after the barley and wheat harvest, i.e., Pentecost).
In the Old Testament, the imagery of marriage was a symbol for the law of Moses and covenant with Israel. God espoused (betrothed) Israel to himself in the exodus from Egypt.
"I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown" (Jer. 2:2).
God "married" Israel when he entered into a covenant with her:
"Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord God, and thou becamest mine" (Ezek. 16:8).
So we have one more reason to strengthen the belief that Pentecost is the best candidate for the pretrib rapture of the Church.
For those who haven’t been reading the posts on Five Doves, we’re talking about the correct season for the Feast of Pentecost, which we have reasons to believe that takes place between the 28th of Tammuz and the 1st of Av. (sometime between July 30th and / Aug. 1st, in the case of 2011). I’m not saying that anything will happen this year because I don’t know the year. For more reference about this date issue, please see the Creation Calendar website to understand why Pentecost can’t happen in the 3rd Hebrew month.
Yesterday I listened to one of Mr. Chitwood’s MP3 and I heard something very interesting he said: Ruth (a type of the Church, a gentile bride) after cleaning herself, went to the threshing floor before the redemption process started. The redemption of Elimelech’s land (Naomi’s husband) and Malon’s and Chilion’s started after Ruth presented herself to the feet of Boaz. No conversations with the elders or the other kinsman redeemer took place before that scene.
Likewise, the redemption process in the Book of Revelation starts when the First Seal of the scroll is opened (from Chapter 5 on), when the Church isn’t mentioned anymore, but only those who become the Tribulation Saints.
Blessings from YSIC,