As believers in Christ, I have a question for everyone. Should we be looking forward to Jesus' coming at the Rapture? Yes or no? Well, here is the Scripture to answer this question: 2 Timothy 4:8 ".....in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to ALL WHO HAVE LOVED HIS APPEARING." We are now 72 years into these End Times from the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, yet there is almost a deafening silence in the vast majority of churches today about the Lord's soon return at the Rapture! Scripture is also very clear that there is a BLESSING for those who will study Bible prophecy----- Revelation 1:3 and 22:7. Actually the vast majority of end time Bible prophecy is found from Genesis through Jude. I have always estimated that only around 15% of end time Bible prophecy is found in Revelation. For those who know me, you know that I teach various timelines to prove that we are now living in the End Times of this present dispensation, the Church Age. Two of those timelines, the "All-History Timeline" and the "20th--21st Century Timeline", take around 20 hours of teaching time for each one.
Well, I have found something very interesting on the 20th--21st Century Timeline that I would like to share with everyone. Egypt fought in four wars against Israel----- 1948, 1956, 1967, and 1973----- and Egypt lost all four wars courtesy of the LIVING God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob! And then something almost unthinkable happened. In November of 1977, then President Anwar Sadat of Egypt flew to Israel and addressed the Israeli Knesset. And he stated there that a "comprehensive Middle East peace must be achieved". How very prophetic because Sadat was a Muslim and could not have known that two "peaces" are coming, first a FALSE peace under the antichrist, and then 7 years later the TRUE peace when Jesus (Israel's long rejected Messiah) returns at the Second Coming. The Middle East "peace process" as we know it today began back then in November of 1977. No one has been able to solve this great dilemma, as it is the job first of the antichrist who will bring the FALSE peace very soon AFTER the Rapture happens.
This coming November (2020) it will have been 43 years since the Middle East "peace process" began. So you would say, "so what?" OK, but consider the following. We know that the 7 year Tribulation Period begins with the arrival of the antichrist and the Daniel 9:27 covenant. Now, before I go any further, I am well aware and teach all the time that we cannot know the hour, day, month, or year of the Lord's coming at the Rapture. But most certainly the time is now late in these End Times, and we SHOULD be longing for His return! The stuff of this world does not cut it! 1 John 2:15 states----- "Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." Now back to the main theme in the next paragraph.
IF (and I said IF and I want to stress that!) the Rapture happened sometime yet this year and the antichrist appeared and made the Daniel 9:27 covenant, then 43 years plus 7 years (Tribulation Period) = 50 years from the beginning of the "peace process" to its proper conclusion with the Second Coming of Christ, Israel's Messiah. So, again you would say, "so what?" Well, 50 is a very important number in the Bible! Leviticus 25:8-13 explains this in detail. I will not quote all that Scripture here (you can go and read it for yourselves), but the 50th year is a time of "jubilee", a time of celebration when one goes home to his family and property.
Humm. Could the Lord Jesus be coming home to his family (the Jewish people) and his property in the 50th year of the "peace process"? Well, time will soon tell!
So, let us ask, are conditions in the world right now conducive to the Rapture actually happening? Well, the Middle East "peace process" has been firmed up with everyone calling for "dividing the land" into Israel and a Palestinian State with its capitol in East Jerusalem. Israel desperately wants to build the Third Temple, which I believe they will do during the first half of the 7 year Tribulation Period, a trade for having agreed to the formation of a Palestinian State. "Dividing the land" (Joel 3:2) with the Daniel 9:27 covenant will incur God's wrath upon the world as the Tribulation Period begins. So, concerning the "peace process", yes, I believe that everything is quite ready for the Rapture!
Now, this coronavirus (COVID-19), what about that? We are being told that we might have to give up some of our freedoms to gain safety from the virus. Humm. If you have been following the news very carefully and you are a discerning Christian, you can see the very early beginnings of the approaching totalitarianism of the Tribulation Period under the antichrist. In Scripture we are told that our time period is just like the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37-39). As Noah was loading the final animals in the Ark, it is very likely that raindrops were already coming down. So too today, we can now see the "raindrops" of the approaching Tribulation after the upcoming Rapture. Again, this would give credence to the very possible nearness of the Rapture! Is everything ready for the "mark of the beast" (Revelation 13:16-18) after the Rapture during the Tribulation Period? Yep! Virtually ready! I will not go into all the details here.
Now, having said all of the above, the Rapture COULD very well happen yet this year! But...... it is up to God the Father, and Him alone! IF God wants more people to come to His Son before the trumpet sounds, then we could still be here for yet awhile longer----- I won't speculate on how much longer in this e-mail.
So, back to the initial premise: 43 + 7 = 50, which is jubilee, or a time of celebration. Will 2020 be the year for the Rapture and 2027 be the year for the Second Coming? Hang on to your hats, for we now simply wait and see!