Lisa Taylor (9 Dec 2013)
"The Shemitah, the Feast of Tabernacles and the Rapture"


 

Dear Doves,

          There is a passage in the Bible that may indicate that the timing of the Rapture is sometime during the Feast of Tabernacles and after the end of a Shemitah Year.  It is found in Deuteronomy 31:9-13:

          “And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and unto all the elders of Israel.  And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles, When all Israel is come to appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing.  Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law: And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.”

          Deuteronomy 31 deals with the succession from Moses to Joshua.  In Deuteronomy 31:2, Moses states that he is 120 years old and that the Lord has banned him from crossing over the Jordan.  He encourages the people, however, to follow Joshua into the Promised Land.  “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”  Deuteronomy 31:6. 

          Moses then writes down the above-mentioned law which requires all of Israel to appear before the Lord during the Feast of Tabernacles. 

          Please note that the Feast of Tabernacles is one of the three Pilgrimage Festivals that Jewish males are required to appear before the Lord.  “Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.  Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:)  And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.  Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD.”  Exodus 23:14-17.

          Significantly, during the Feast of Tabernacles that falls after the end of a Shemitah Year, all of Israel (not limited to Jewish males) is supposed to appear before the Lord – “men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates.”

          Perhaps this is also a pattern for the Rapture, when all of the saved (Jews and Gentiles, males and females) will be gathered to appear before the Lord.  Either way, I encourage you all to keep watching.  Each day brings us one day closer to our Blessed Hope.

                                                                                                                                                 – Lisa Taylor