Robert Belanger (22 July 2011)
"Why Rapture Will Probably Be On Pentecost"

Dear Doves,
 
The following article entitled, The Pentecostal Rapture of the Church of Jesus Christ, by Jack W. Langford (2007), is the best of all the references I have read pertaining to the timing of the rapture. I regret it not having been available earlier in my walk as a Christian, since it is clearly based on Scriptural truth from the types given in both the O.T. and N.T., i.e., the written Word of God as received from the Holy Spirit by the prophets, and the Living Word of God, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
 
The article clearly shows how God Himself indicates why the rapture of the Church will probably happen on Pentecost.  I recommend this article to everyone watching for the rapture and the Millennial reign of Christ.
 
 
Pentecost is unique amid the three important Feasts of God (Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles) since it is not at all connected to the historical events in the life of Israel as are Passover and Tabernacles. It is a mystery Feast designated by the number 50, i.e., seven weeks (49 days) plus one day, after the Feast of First Fruits. The three Feasts stand above the Holy Days and Special Offerings of the other days mentioned in Ex. 23. The three were Feasts for God and of paramount importance to Him.
 
During First Fruits the sheaves of new grain were offered up to God. At Pentecost, two loaves made from the same ripe grain offered at First Fruits is presented to God. The true parenthetical nature and meaning of Pentecost was a mystery to the Hebrew prophets, to be revealed to Paul (Col. 1:24-27).  Pentecost has to do with the Church, which was born on Pentecost, and can be shown in the reference given above to terminate the Church’s time on earth also, i.e., the rapture.
 
Paul describes Christ’s death and resurrection as the type for the rapture in 1 Cor. 15:23 “But every man in his own order; Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.” There are six reasons in the above article to consider as to why the Feast of Pentecost applies to the Church Age:
1.      it stands parenthetically between Passover and Tabernacles, just like the Church,
2.      it is not related to any historical event in Jewish history,
3.      it is named for a time, rather than an event,
4.      it is a mystery in Jewish literature,
5.      it relates to the giving of the Law on the 50th day at Sinai,
6.      it relates to book of Ruth and salvation for Gentiles (Eph. 2:11-13, Ruth 2:20)
 
The above brief outline does not do justice to the excellent article at the above link. I plead and beg everyone who wants to truly understand why the rapture will probably happen on Pentecost to carefully read the article at the above link. Read the article slowly allowing the information to sink in, because, in my humble opinion, it presents truths that many, including many Christian ministers, have missed entirely.
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The other date associated with the rapture, i.e., the Feast of Trumpets is obviously addressed to Israel and will probably mark the time of Christ’s second coming to earth at the Mount of Olives. It is described by the phrase that only the Jews associated with that feast, i.e., a time that no one can know, etc., It was meant to be understood by Jews familiar with the idiom, and therefore meant for Israel, not the Church.
 
With love,
 
YBIC,
Robert