Steve Coerper (11 Oct 2010)
"Weekend in retrospect"
I've been thinking a lot about why we
were "wrong" about this past weekend, and have concluded that the 30-day
"padding" before November 8th -- in order to make the Rapture land on the new
moon and possibly the correct Feast of Trumpets, was an unwarranted and
unnecessary flourish. There is no compelling reason to expect the next
rapture event on a feast day. And I'm very much inclined to believe that,
just as the first three feasts were "clustered" to occur within the same week,
we will see some sort of bookend event for Pentecost in 2017 followed by the
ultimate and undeniable fulfillment of Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles in
2017. We should not expect a fulfillment of Trumpets at the beginning of
Daniel's 70th and the fulfillment of the rest seven years later.
This "number-specific" (as opposed to
"date-specific") assertion that has again been offered is also
problematic. It isn't a numbers game, and the Lord isn't interested in
quantity as much as He is interested in maturity. If I am the last person
who will be saved, the trumpet isn't gonna sound a minute later. God's
will for each of us has always been to grow up in Christ, and that takes some
time. Also, if God chose a specific number to be saved, then what
about the guy who submits to Christ after the quota has been filled?
"Sorry, I'd really LIKE to save you, and My blood has atoned for your sin ...
but unfortunately you're a little late on that one, Charlie. Someone got
saved ten minutes ago in France and he took the last spot." A reductio
ad absurdum, to be sure. But I think we're missing something if we
take that approach.
Pineman has proposed a rapture event at
the "last trump" which he believes will be on Shmini
Atzeret. He calculated the date to be this past September 29th.
But what if Daniel Matson is
correct: the new moon in September was too early, and the correct
Feast of Trumpets passed without fanfare this past weekend? That would put
the "last trump" at the end of October.
I'm still ruminating on these things,
and hope to have more coherent arguments when the program airs tomorrow.
But I think if we examine the reasons why we thought there was a 30-day period
before the Final Week, we might all learn something. We might also want to
review in retrospect some of these signs, dreams, visions, words-from-the-Lord,
times-I-saw-on-my-digital-clock, etc. that assured us that we would DEFINITELY
be raptured before October 11th. Because clearly some of these sources of
information are now verified sources of dis-information.
No regrets - we were ready, which is the
Lord's command for us. And a rapture non-event was far from the most
dismal event of this past weekend.