Steve Mullin (15 Mar 2015)
"Re-visiting Reasons for a Spring Rapture"

There are many reasons to believe that the rapture will come in the fall. Rosh Hashanah seems to fit perfectly because the first 4 feasts were sequentially fulfilled already. Also, the Jubilee officially starts on Yom Kippur so a case could be made for that. Another could be made for the last day of Tabernacles as the completion of the feast cycle. 

The following are reasons why the rapture could be in the Spring, and with the total solar eclipse and 3rd blood moon coming in the next few weeks, it may be a good idea to be ready:

1. Song of Solomon: "My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one and come away. For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; the fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with a tender grape give a good smell." Song of Solomon 2:10-13. Timing is just after winter when the groom comes for the bride. Also, Jesus referred to the fig tree specifically when watching for signs and the fig tree is mentioned in this same passage. 

2. A Time Ye Think Not: Jesus said, "Therefore be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." Matthew 24:44 Sounds like he is saying that it will be different than the time that seems to "fit" or make the most sense. 

3. 4 Months to the Harvest: "Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, for they are white already to harvest." John 4:35 This could easily be Jesus saying something about us expecting it to be in the fall, but it actually happening four months earlier.

4. The Barley, Wheat, and Grape Harvests: We've talked about this on the site before and it seems to make sense. If Jesus was the Firstfruits, then the next group to make it to the promised land would be the church, which is similar to the harvesting of barley in Spring/early Summer. No "tribulum" is used to separate the outer shell as it is pliable and easy to work with. The wheat harvest is next (tribulation saints), followed by the grape harvest (grapes of wrath).

5. As In the Days of Noah: Jesus said life would be normal when He comes back for His bride. There is some debate about what time of year the flood took place. The Bible says it was the 2nd month and 17th day, but because there are 2 different calendars where the 7th month is also the 1st month, there's been some disagreement about whether it happened in the spring or fall. Last week, (DB? sorry if I get this wrong) a poster made an interesting observation that I hadn't noticed before. I always thought New Year's Day was Rosh HaShanah. Rosh means "head", but in Leviticus God says it is the 7th month. According to that, the 2nd month and 17th Day would fall in the Spring. Since March 20th is the total solar eclipse and the 1st day of the year, the equivalent time of the "Days of Noah" would be the first week of May.

6. Jericho and the Bride: Coming out of the wilderness into the promised land of Canaan, God gave the Israelites the city of Jericho. They had to march around the city 7 times total. After 7 circuits on the 7th day, they were to shout and the walls would come crumbling down. There was also a long blast made with a trumpet at that time. There is a parallel to this in jewish wedding tradition. The bride would circle the groom 7 times under the wedding canopy. This is a type of removing any separation between bride and groom and could be symbolic of the rapture.

7. Other Days:  Other possibilities include Ascension Day, 2nd Passover, and Tu B'Av (that one is mid summer). 

Hopefully, it's soon!

Steve M