Douglas Henney (4 June 2011)
"Thoughts on rapture timing"


I am looking at June 11th/12th as a high watch date for the rapture.

However, I do not think this is the date of the Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost) as many currently are thinking.  I think that that feast will actually come 50 days later.  In other words, it is my belief that 50 days should be counted after the initial seven weeks.

There are a number of websites that present arguments in favor of this. I have studied these in the past and recently Elaine (Five Doves) presented them as well.  You may go to the following which contain articles explaining this position:

In my mind the end of the count of the initial seven weeks itself becomes very significant for the body of Christ however.  This count is set apart and distinct from the Feast of Shavuot for it is for the body of Christ. (I am wondering if it points to a Jubilee for the body of Christ with a little bit of a different timing as what is for the remnant Israel.)

Please double check this for yourself yet it is my belief that the end of the seven weeks count points to when Moses was called up to the top of the mountain as the LORD came down, and this taking place during a long trumpet blast that grew louder and louder (Exodus 19:19).  The congregation was also to "come up to the mountain" (Exodus 19:13) when a ram's horn sounded a long blast.  To me this parallel's how Paul describes a rapture event in I Thessalonians 4:16-17.

Now, in Exodus 19 and following, I observe that Moses initially went up, God communicated with him and then Moses came right back down (19:25).  Then it seems God spoke to the entire congregation for a time.  In chapter 24:1 God then tells Moses to come up and bring Aaron, Nadab and Abihu and seventy of the elders who will worship from a distance.  Moses and the group go part way up and then Moses takes Joshua with him up even further (24:13).

In 24:15 Moses then seems to go the rest of the way up by himself into the midst of the cloud (another parallel for us?).  He then waits about seven days within that cloud before the LORD starts speaking with him (a very long wait and during which time I wonder if Moses was purified in his heart even further).

In 24:18 it says that Moses was on the mountain for 40 days and nights receiving instruction from the LORD.  In 32:7 the LORD tells Moses to immediately go down the mountain because of the people corrupting themselves.  I think that Aaron knew the timing of a feast that he was to celebrate before the people in his role as priest but he did it according to the ways of the heathen.  I am wondering if this does not correspond to the actual Feast of Shavuot.  Moses comes down at that very time with the tablets of the law (32:15).

I express the above to show that what we call Pentecost, we celebrate according to the traditions of men and I do not think it is correct.  I am thinking that when the disciples were waiting in the upper room for the outpouring of the Spirit, that they waited for a lot longer than just 10 days or so.  I think it was more like about 60.  This would put the true Pentecost farther into the year (summer) so that by that time the grapes were ripe and is the reason that the disciples were accused of being drunk with "new wine" (Acts 2:13).  This point is one of many made in the websites I listed.

To reiterate, the counting of the seven weeks after First Fruits is significant in and of itself AND IT IS DISTINCT FROM PENTECOST which comes 50 days later.

Again, I am looking at the coming June 11th/12th time frame as a strong possibility of a rapture event, the time when the LORD came down, called Moses up, Moses went up to meet the LORD, and all of this during a long trumpet blast that grew louder and louder.

Hope to see you all very soon.

Keep watching . . . for He is worthy.

Douglas Henney