Chance (22 May 2022)
"Ascension Day Rapture - May 2022 - Another Look"


 
Hello John and Doves,
 
Ascension Day is Thursday, May 26, 2022.  Or if using the sighting of the new moon, a day later.  On the Hebrew (chabad calendar) this day is 25 Iyar.  Omer Day Count:  40
 
After His Crucifixion and Resurrection, Jesus appeared to various people over a period of 40 days.  Then on the day of His 'Ascension', He tells his followers about the coming baptism with the Holy Spirit and receiving of the power when the Holy Spirit comes.  The last thing He says is, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."  Acts 1:8
 
Acts 1 describes what happened on Ascension Day - Jesus was "taken up" or "carried off", "lifted up", or "taken on board".
 
"He was taken up and a cloud hid Him from them their sight."  Acts 1:9
 
As they were intently watching Him going up into Heaven, two men in white robes stood beside them.
 
These were angels, that said "Men, Galileans, why do you stand here looking into heaven?  This Jesus, having been taken up from you into heaven, will thus come in that manner you beheld Him going into heaven."  They said this as Jesus disappeared into a cloud.
 
In the Rapture, Jesus is seen in the clouds - "For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air."  I Thessalonians 4:16-17
 
In the Second Coming, Jesus returns with armies of Heaven - riding on white horses.
 
So, it seems to me that these two men in white robes are describing the Rapture - where Jesus Himself comes down from Heaven (not angels, not armies, not horses) to take the dead and living Believers...not to set up His kingdom.  He comes from Heaven for His Believers.  This is different and distinct from the Second Coming.
 
Why did Jesus stay on earth for forty days?  Forty in Strong's Greek means "sacred, holy" 
Strong's Greek: 40. ἅγιος (hagios) -- sacred, holy
 
Forty days after the Feast of Firstfruits is not a High Holy Day.  We are not told about this day as a special convocation of fasting, offerings, etc.  We do not read about this day in Leviticus like we do the Seven High Holy Days.
 
Yet, 40 in Strong's Greek means "sacred, holy", "set apart by (or for God, holy, sacred)"
 
"The fundamental (core) meaning of 40 is "different".  In the New Testament, 40 ("holy") has the "technical" meaning "different from the world"...implies something "set apart" and therefore "different (distinguished/distinct)", - i.e. "other", because special to the Lord.
 
So this forty days of Jesus being on earth after His resurrection is a most unusual 40 day time period - it's the time period our Risen Savior solidified His apostles, disciples to His ministry.  This time period was set apart from the rest of Jesus' ministry.  After His death, but before the arrival of Holy Spirit on Pentecost.  Forty days set apart, special to the Lord.
 
The end of this forty day period culminates in the 'ascension' of Jesus into Heaven.  The 40th days is the last time He is 'physically' with His followers.  After that He is with them in Spirit when the Holy Spirit comes.
 
Thayer's Greek notes 40 is "religious awe, reverence, to venerate the gods"  
 
The Galileans were standing on holy ground - a heavenly 'door' was opened and angels appeared while Jesus was rising up into the clouds to add the final touch to what Jesus said to the Galileans.
 
One could say that Jesus was 'raptured' on that day.  Back during that time, the Galileans did not have Paul to tell them about the miraculous Rapture event.  If we were there that day, I'm sure we'd be thinking - Wow - that's going to happen to us..some day.
 
Ascension Day is what some would call a non-Jewish day.  And some would call a 'Christian" day.  It has nothing to do with the Jewish faith, but is a "High Holy Day" to the Christian world.
 
Could the Believers in Christ experience their own 'ascension' on the same day that Jesus ascended into the clouds?  This could be a 'hidden' message from Jesus to the world - when this happens to the Believers, He has already explained it.  No need to bring in UFOs and alien abductions or some other 'misinformation'.  Jesus already showed Himself how this could happen.  Read Acts 1.
 
"It seems that if the Lord wanted to send a strong message to the Jews and the rest of the unbelievers, as to Who did this (the rapture) and what happened to all the Christians/children, etc. that He would take us out on Ascension day.  It would be like handing the whole world a tract.  The Ascension also makes more sense than connecting the rapture to a Jewish Feast Day because it shows the separate handling of the church and Israel." 
Ascension Day Rapture? Grace thru faith
https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/ascension-day-rapture/
 
Ascension Day is ten days after Second Passover, ten days after the Blood Moon Lunar eclipse.  The new moon is on May 30.  Ascension Day is always near a new moon.
 
As we see the world becoming more and more evil, I am hopeful that the Rapture is in our near future!
 
Ascension Day is right in the middle of the U.N. vote May 22 - May 28 when the nations of the world sign over total control in any 'determined' health emergency (hello - monkey pox!) to Tedros/WHO/globalists and at the end of the WEF Davos meeting that is May 22 - May 26. It would be a nice surprise for the Davos globalists to have their world rid of those pesky Christians right at the end of their big world agenda meeting!  It would make their lives so much easier.
 
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
 
Maranatha!
 
Chance
 
https://www.biblehub.com/greek/40.htm