(16 July 2011)
"Re: Josua on Pentecost"
Yes, like you I too believe the first rapture will occur on some future
Pentecost, hopefully this July 31. The reference link you provided to
first fruits is one of my favorites and tend to agree with Lyn Mize on
most things he has to say. The other link that I provided is excellent
too. The point is made in it that there are only 3 Feasts in Lev. 23,
the others are Holy Days, e.g., Yom Teruah, etc. The three Feasts of God
are Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. On these Feasts the Jewish
people had to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the celebration and
jubilee of these Feasts.
It is also interesting to note that only Pentecost has no association
with a happening in the history of Israel, Passover relates to the
Commandments given to Moses at Sinai, and Tabernacles relating to the 40
years of wandering before reaching the promised land. Pentecost is
defined by 50 days from the seven Sabbaths and is not related to the
history of Israel. Therefore, Pentecost is a sort of unique Feast.
The two-phase rapture of Lyn Mize is similar to that of Langford in the
recent article I provided a link to. That is, the first fruits rapture
will occur at Pentecost for the Bride of Christ, a subset of the entire
Church which consists of all believers. At the second, or main harvest,
rapture the remaining Christian believers who were not watching and
working at sanctification, based on their following of Jesus since their
rebirth, will be raptured and the remaining believers on earth after
that time will come into being during the Tribulation.
Thank you for your message and I am happy to hear of your belief in
Pentecost as the time of the first rapture. It makes good sense and is
supported, and not refuted, by Holy Scripture, to the best of my