Chance (2 June 2019)
"Pentecost and The Rapture Possibility"


 
Hello John and Doves,

There have been many, many wonderful letters to 5Doves over the years about the possible connection between Pentecost and the Rapture.  These are easy to search out using the 5Doves 'search' engine.

Here is just one more letter looking at this possible connection.

Shavuot is known by several names:

Shavuot, 6th day of Sivan, Omer:  Day Count 50; it is considered a Spring Feast.  It is a joyous day celebrating the harvest season.  Shavuot means 'weeks'.  This day ends the 'Counting of the Omer".    Omer means 'measure' or 'sheaf'.  The Counting of the Omer started with the first day of the barley harvest.  This is the only Feast Day that was not given an actual date in the Torah.  Some years after the Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D., the 6th of Sivan was declared Shavuot.

In Modern Judaism, this feast day is celebrated on two days - the 6th and 7th of Sivan.

Traditionally, this is the day of the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, the 6th of Sivan (some say the 7th of Sivan).

It is one of 3 harvest festivals:  Feast of Firstfruits (barley), Shavuot (wheat), and Sukkot or Feast of Tabernacles (fruit).

These 3 harvest dates are extremely significant in the timeline of the Lord.

Feast of Firstfruits was fulfilled by Jesus being the firstfruits of them that slept.  His resurrection fulfilled this Feast Day along with the many saints who rose from their graves and appeared to the people (Matthew 27:51-53).

Shavuot is also a firstfruits harvest - will this be the 'harvest' of the Church?

Feast of Tabernacles marks the start of the 1,000 Years of Peace or Millennium - all of the harvests of the people (both dead and alive) will have been completed.  In Matthew 13:39, Jesus said "The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels."

The Feast of Weeks, Hag Hashavuot:  it is a count down of weeks - seven sevens of weeks from Firstfruits or 49 days plus one additional day of "on the morrow"....for a total of 50 days.

The Feast of the Harvest, Hag Hakatzir:  festival celebrating the start of the summer harvest season.   It marks the wheat harvest in Israel. The barley harvest is completed.  The firsfruits of the wheat harvest were used to make two loaves of bread - baked with leaven - to be a wave offering for the people. (Contrast this with the Feast of Firstfruits when the people brought the firstfruits of the barley harvest for the wave offering.)

In ancient times the wheat harvest lasted seven weeks.  It started with the barley during Passover and ended with the wheat harvest.

Pentecost: Greek word for 'fiftieth day'.  For the Church, this is the day the Holy Spirit came upon the believers gathered in Jerusalem, ten days after the 'ascension' of Jesus.  This is the day of the dispensation of the Holy Spirit.

The Day of Firstfruits, Yom Habikkurim:  Numbers 28:26  Also on the day of the first fruits, when you present a new grain offering to the LORD in your Feast of Weeks.....

Atzeret:  which means 'conclusion.  This is what The Talmud and Josephus called this feast. 

This is the only High Feast Day that involves a count of days and no specific date/day is given for this in the Torah.

Various customs have sprung up over the years for Shavuot:

On this night, Jews stay up all night to study the Torah, Talmud or Mishnah.  After this nightly vigil they walk to the Western Wall before dawn for the sunrise service/prayer.  This started in 1967, after the 6 Day War.  The military opened the Western Wall on Shavuot that year.

The Day of the Rapture:  could this feast be the actual day of the Rapture?  Some believe that since this was the first day of the Church Age, the Church will be removed on this day - ending the Church Age.   It is a harvest feast - and the Rapture is a type of 'harvest'.  It is a Spring feast and many believe the Rapture will occur in the Spring - looking to the Song of Solomon. 

Matthew 24:40,41 alludes to a harvest season Rapture:  Two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left.  Two women will be grinding at the mill:  one will be taken and the other left.

This is a picture of the harvest season.  Maybe it is a clue to the season of the Rapture.

Shavuot has been 'set' to the 6th of Sivan, but, according to the sighting of the new moon this day could occur on the 5th, 6th, or 7th.

In The Prophecy Watcher June, 2019 magazine, Gary Stearman has an article titled "Pentecost and the Rapture".  In this article he writes about Paul.  Paul was 'schooled in the Scriptures'   "Without a doubt, he was intimately aware of the tiniest details of the Jewish calendar.  Therefore, when he speaks of Christ as the "firstfruits" in the context of an order of events, he knows that the next event in that order is Pentecost....It seems that when Paul used the word, "order", he intended the reader to see the order of the Jewish festival cycle.  It is a least possible he was suggesting that the resurrection could take place on a future Pentecost."

Paul tells us:

 1 Corinthians 15:23:  "But every man in his own order", or "But each in turn", or "But each one will be raised in proper order":  Christ was the first (firstfruits) to be raised to life, and his people will be raised to life when he returns."

1 Corinthians 15:20:  "But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep."

Gary Stearman goes on to write in his article:  "Today's Jews celebrate it in a ceremony called, "decorating the bride."  In a remarkable way, this typifies the catching-away of the church."

Sivan 5, 6, 7 this year is June 8, 9, 10 (Saturday - Monday).

We will soon know if this Pentecost, this year, is the day of the Rapture!

Maranatha!

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!

Chance

There is a Kabbalistic Jewish custom on this day:  Tikkun Leil Shavuot

According to Kabbalistic tradition, the skies open up for a brief moment during the night and they could communicate with G-d and receive a blessing.  And they believe that this day is the day of the wedding of G-d - thus the staying up all night to 'decorate the bride'.  This is very interesting since "In an instant, in the twinkling of an eye" (1 Corinthians 15:52) the Rapture will occur.  And the Church is the bride of Christ.