For most of us, Pentecost/Shabuot has come and gone for another year. Arnold Bowen (I won't provide the link, but you can search for his work) thinks Pentecost is actually in the 4th month, the month of Tammuz. So you can anticipate July 8th if you wish, or consider a different approach. What follows is based on the possibility that Pentecost is not really part of the pattern, and the conjecture that the LORD will confirm His covenant with Israel on Sunday, July 1st, 2018, consistent with a pattern we see in Exodus 19. Remember: this is conjecture, not assertion.
Exodus 19:1 reads as follows (NKJV):In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came to the Wilderness of Sinai.
This appears to me to be somewhat ambiguous, and the Hebrew does not really clear it up. We know from Exodus 13:3-4 that the children of Israel left Egypt on the 15th day of the first month, so "on the same day" can be properly understood to mean "on the 15th day." The first month after their departure would have been Iyyar, the second month of the year. Following this reasoning, the day indicated as the day the Israelites came to the Wilderness of Sinai would have been the 15th day of the 4th calendar month, or what we would call the 15th day of Tammuz (though the Babylonian names of the months came much later).
As we continue with the narrative in Exodus, we see that the people were commanded to sanctify themselves for three days, and that on the third day the LORD would descend on Mount Sinai. This is exactly what happened, and it was then that the heavenly trumpet sounded. This is the first mention of a trumpet in the Bible, and this "first trump" obviously brings to mind the "last trump" associated with the rapture. As the trumpet sounded, Moses went up into the cloud at the top of the mountain to meet with God.
These events have been conflated with the Pentecost narrative, though there are significant differences. And, of course, we find it curious (at least I do) that there is no annual observance of this day in Jewish history or practice associated with these events in either the third or fourth month.
The "Daily sacrifice"? or "The Blameless"?
There's some mystery about "the daily" that is to be taken away (see Daniel 12:11). Many translations supply the word "sacrifice" (which is not in the original) to suggest that the Temple must be conducting Old Testament daily sacrifices, which are then ended when "The Antichrist" comes on the scene. This is problematic.
The Hebrew word (Strong's H8548) is tamiyd and has as its primary meaning the idea of continuance or continual. Its first mention is in Exodus 25:30 in relation to the showbread. We can see how the commandment concerning the showbread was observed in Jewish history, but strangely, the meaning of the symbol is a mystery. One might think that twelve loaves of wheat bread would represent the twelve tribes of Israel, but the Jewish sages were apparently reluctant to offer such a conclusion, and certainly demurred from doing so dogmatically. Even the renowned Maimonides said, "I do not know the object of the table with the bread upon it continually, and up to this day I have not been able to assign any reason to this commandment." (see Mystery of Mysteries -- What Is the Showbread?).
Also, it seems odd that the translators would choose the word "daily" since the bread was always present but was replaced weekly.
One alternative is that "the daily" is a cryptic reference to the true believers, whose lives are seen by God as daily sacrifices (per Romans 12:1), and that the "taking away" is the rapture. Consistent with this is an insight provided by Tom Bigbee, who writes:What if "the-daily", HaTamid (H8548) was incorrectly translated from Aramaic or a scribal error changed the Mem to a Dalet and should have been a noun version of HaTamim, from the same root word, meaning the-blameless (H8549) (as a noun, rendered 22 times in NAS)? Then consider this translation:And from the time that the blameless shall be taken away, it will be 1290 days until the detestable thing that causes horror.
I would suggest that it might also be "...1290 days of the detestable thing that causes horror."
A reasonable inference from Daniel 12:11 might be that "the daily" is taken away and the abomination of desolation is set up at the same time. That is, the structure of the verse does not suggest a time delay between the two events. However, that may not be correct, and it's possible that the removal of the blameless begins a 45-day (or so) process that culminates in the setting up of the Abomination and the beginning of the final diaspora. The Abomination then stands for 1,290 days.
Since this "taking away" occurs near the beginning of the final diaspora, it at least appears consistent with what's signified in Revelation 12:5-6 where the child is caught up and the woman flees. We don't know yet; we can only wait and see.
While we're waiting, you might want to read Rapture: TBD? by Greg Lauer. He makes the point that God is not "moving" or "adjusting" the time of the rapture, nor is He delaying or tarrying. Also, the Rapture Index Score has nudged up again, for those who may need a reminder of the lateness of the hour.
Just to be clear: I am NOT "setting a date." What follows is simply the timeline if the original conjecture is correct.
(NOTE: Click the link above to view the timeline. Send comments, critiques, insights etc. to stevekerp 'at' att dot net)
"You can always forget an unkind thought,
but you can never unsay an unkind word."