Traditional Jewish expectations point to the arrival of Elijah (and his fellow witness of Rev. 11) on the feast of Passover. Since we are told that the two prophets of Rev. 11 witness for 1260 days, and that the Beast has power over the saints for 1260 days, we should assume these are the first 1260 days of the seven year tribulation. From the time the Temple is made desolate on day 1260, the power of antichrist is broken and the time of God's Wrath ensues ... since the saints are not appointed to wrath, there will be no saints during the second half of Daniel's 70th Week, the time of God's Wrath.
If Elijah shows up as expected on Passover, and witnesses for 1260 days, the end of the witness period of Rev. 11 would be on the Feast of Tabernacles -- the power of the antichrist over the saints is ended on day 1260 because the saints are raptured directly after his Abomination of Desolation. These two coinciding prophetic time frames are a compelling clue that the Rapture shall fall during the Feast of Tabernacles.
Daniel's 7 year treaty equals 2,520 days, the "midst" of that period falls on day 1260.There is no reason to think that the 1260 days specifically mentioned in Revelation 11 are any other than the 1260 days of the first half of Daniel's 70th Week.
- And he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week (7 yrs) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease: and on a corner of the alter desolating abominations even until the end. Daniel 9:27
Jesus and three of his apostles went up to the mount where the Transfiguration was to occur. The apostles slept . Upon waking, Peter saw Jesus changed and glorified, talking with Moses and Elijah. Significantly, these are also the two witnesses who will prophecy in the Tribulation for 3 and 1/2 years. Upon seeing Jesus changed, Peter excitedly suggested that they make three "tabernacles", temporary dwellings, for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. As Peter was speaking...
- Behold a bright cloud overshadowed them and a voice from out of the cloud said, This is my son, the beloved, in whom I delight; hear him. When the disciples heard this they fell on their faces and were greatly terrified. And coming near, Jesus touched them and said Rise up and do not be terrified. And lifting up their eyes, they did not see anyone except Jesus alone (Matt17:4)
- And after three days and a half , the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood on their feet. And a great fear fell on the ones beholding them. And they heard a great voice out of heaven saying to them, Come up here, and they went into the heavens in a cloud.
- The Lord himself will come down out of heaven with the command shout of the archangel's voice, and with God's trumpet. And the dead in Christ will rise again first, then we who remain alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to a meeting with the Lord in the air.
- The resurrection of the two witnesses and the resurrection of all the dead in Christ clearly occur at the same time! How economical of God!
Rejoice Those Tabernacling in Heaven...Woe to the Earth 2 Thessalonians 2: 3 says that the resurrection of the saints cannot happen until two events occur.
The second event is the "revealing of The Man of Sin". Paul describes how the man of sin is revealed in the very next sentence, "He will go in to the Temple of God, and display himself as God". This is the abomination of desolation, which does not occur until the mid-point of the tribulation. The rapture does not occur until after this "revealing"...this point alone should show why there cannot be a pre-Trib rapture.
- Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place --let him who reads understand--then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything from his house...Matthew 24:15
Jesus' secret entry to the Feast of Tabernacles
AN ALLUSION TO JESUS' SECRET RETURN FOR THE FAITHFUL The prophecies concerning the END of Daniel's 70th week, and the defeat of the Antichrist, refer to a "sign of the coming of Jesus in the heavens". All eyes will see the sign before Jesus physically returns to the Mount of Olives. This physical coming of Jesus will not be a secret, or a surprise. The prophecies connected with the coming of Jesus as a "thief in the night" refer to the secret coming of Christ for his Church. The Bible account of Jesus' secret arrival at the Feast of Tabernacles alludes to the secret coming of Christ to gather His faithful.
Analysis suggests that the resurrection of the faithful will take place during the observance of Tabernacles in the Fall, in the Jewish month Tishri. The disciple John writes an account of what Jesus did on the Feast of Tabernacles during His life in Israel. Considering the mounting evidence that the resurrection of the saints fulfills the typology of Tabernacles, John's description is astounding.
When the Feast of Tabernacles drew close, Jesus' brothers "after the flesh" suggested that He do miracles in Judea (John 7: 2-5) :
- It was time for the Tabernacle Ceremonies, one of the annual Jewish holidays... "Go where more people can see your miracles" they scoffed.. If you're so great, prove it to the world!" For even his brothers didn't believe him.
The resurrection of Jesus was, significantly, on the Feast of First-fruit, (not currently observed in modern Judaism) . The resurrection of the dead in Christ will occur during the "harvest of the final fruit", the "Feast of Ingathering" (Exodus 23:16) all names for the Feast of Tabernacles. The apostle John saw this harvest in Rev14:13-16, calling it "the harvest of the righteous".
The description of the events occuring after the abomination of desolation adds to our theory that the rapture will take place at the "harvest of final fruits" : "Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the millstone; one will be taken, and one will be left."
The harvest of the wine and oil takes place in the Feast of Tabernacles. Wine is always symbolic in scripture for joy in the spirit of God, while oil typically signifies God's anointing or grace. Tabernacles foreshadows the "ingathering" of the saints, for there could be no more appropriate time for absolute joy among God's people, saved by grace, than the resurrection.
The Feast of Tabernacles reminds the believer in Christ that his earthly physical body is only a temporary tabernacle.
- For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle is taken down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in heaven. For indeed in this we groan, greatly desiring to be clothed with our dwelling place out of heaven. ( 2 Corinthians 5:1)
- For I know that my redeemer is living, and He shall rise on the earth at last and even after they shall corrupt my skin, yet this: In my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not a stranger's: though my reins be exhausted in my bosom.
The Sukkah with its 'open' roof .... The Chuppah with its open roof
'rapture through the temporary' .... 'rapture to the eternal canopy'
51Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1 Corinthians 15:51-53
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 Corinthians 5:1
waving the lulav & etrog = reaching up of the menorah
Blessing of the Cohanim is the lulav-menorah pointing upward
This post has been edited by Voice: 18 October 2008 - 03:43 PM