This blog is essentially my “rapture box,” a thing left for my loved ones who couldn’t bring themselves to listen when I tried to talk to them about Jesus. Not that they would listen to anything from me to start with, but at least I tried.
I had a curious dream the other night. I was in an airport or some kind of terminal and people were waiting in line to depart. I saw all kinds of other people show up, yelling at those in line, saying, “Where do you think you’re going?” or “You’re not going anywhere.”
As I watched this play out, I noticed a line of young kids march in. They were all decked out in military gear, complete with helmets and everything a soldier carries. The helmets were strange. They were all outfitted with LED lights attached to the sides. All of them had clear plastic riot shields and masks. I said something to them, but don’t recall what it was.
The dream went on, and I was still waiting for my plane. People were walking by and they kept telling me to leave, to go home, there was no point in waiting. That’s when I noticed that the terminal had suddenly gone empty. Just a few people remained in line and a plane was pulling up to a long bank of windows outside. I went to that line and stood there. As I did so, I saw a man who kind of looked like Morgan Freeman going around and telling everyone that the wait was almost over. I didn’t know what he meant. He seemed upset or disturbed, not joyous or excited.
The soldier-kids had taken up positions throughout the airport. I knew then that if I didn’t get on my plane, the place was going to get really nasty, really quick. As the line ahead of me began to move toward the door that led to the last plane, I felt something shaking me. I woke up to see my husband trying to shake me awake. I yelled at him without meaning to, saying, “Don’t touch me! I’m at the airport!”
He looked a little shocked but realized pretty fast that I’d been dreaming. I don’t know why I said that, just that I knew for whatever reason that if he touched me, I was going to miss my plane, which was the last one out.
The dream got me to thinking about the September 23rd sign and all the latest Rapture rumors, which have been pretty strong this year. I remembered that there was a similar hype going around in September of 2015, with the same date of the 23rd picked as the day Rapture was going to happen. Many Christians believed that Jesus was going to come back on the Feast of Trumpets, and there’s a lot of good arguments with scripture to back it up. But, as we now know, that event didn’t occur as we’d hoped. So everyone shifted their focus to 2017.
September 23rd came around again. promising us Rapture or at least some kind of doomsday-level event on the Feast of Trumpets. Problem is, this is a Jubilee year. The last trump is blown on Yom Kippur, not the Feast of Trumpets. That aside, 2017 is not just any Jubilee year, either. It’s the 50th anniversary of the retaking of Jerusalem in the 6-day War back in 1967 (I was born about a week before it happened, oddly enough). It’s the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration that reestablished Israel as the home place of the Jews, and 70 years since Jews began to come back to Israel after World War 2. Israel was established as a nation in one day in 1948 by a decree from the UN, literally fulfilling the prophecy of the Dry Bones. There are more convergences, and I’ve listed several of them in previous blog entries with link explaining them. 2017 is definitely a year that is “pregnant” with possibilities. If you look at numbers and how they line up this year, there was never a better time for the Rapture to happen.
So as I recall thinking back on the hype from 2015, something didn’t sit right with me even then. I knew in 2015 that the year wasn’t lining up with very many convergences at all, and “2017” kept popping up in my mind. Even though the September 23rd sign in the heavens went by without much in the way of apocalyptic events, and even though many people wrote it off as yet another false alarm, I knew it wasn’t over yet. There had to be something about this we weren’t seeing.
According to the book of Leviticus, after a woman gives birth to a male child, she is sequestered for 7 days, and on the 8th day she considered no longer unclean and may emerge from her abode and mix with the public once more. 7 Days after the Sept. 23rd is Sept. 30th, which is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. If you remember, Jesus said that the Son of Man would return at a time when no one expects it. So does that mean He will not call us to heaven with a shout on a Jewish High Holy day?
I don’t know. You read it and think on it. Doesn’t sound like it to me.
Matthew 24:37-51New King James Version (NKJV)
37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour[a] your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’[b] 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
I have this feeling that none of this is going to turn out anything like we’re expecting. Oh yes, there will be a Rapture and it could very possibly happen on Yom Kippur, but Jesus has left room for doubt there because He didn’t know for sure, either. Only the Father knows. Maybe it happens after the feast days have passed by uneventfully, when all the scoffers are pointing and laughing at the stupid/crazy Christians. But then, think about what the Revelation 12 sign actually says. It is a signpost, a big, flashing warning sign that judgment is headed our way. Since God laid the foundations of the earth, and set the moon, sun and planets (as well as the rest of the universe) into motion, we were told in scripture to “look to the heavens” for that time, that season when He is likely to come back unannounced. God set aside His Holy Feasts as Divine Appointments, so it does make sense that if God decides to send His Son, Jesus, here to collect His bride, it would be on one of these appointed times. But remember, Jesus said that He would return at such a time that people would be unaware.
In other words, He will more than likely call us up on a day with no particular significance whatsoever, specifically at a time when we would have our guard let down the most. It would be a time when we are more often focused on ourselves and things of the world rather than things of Heaven.
I keep being pointed to one verse in particular this past week. This one has been pointed out to me multiple times and I just keeping seeing it everywhere (online, or when I open my Bible, etc.) Before I say what it is, let me tell you the biggest flashing sign of all that I received on September 21st, in the early morning hours as I work up.
I got another quick vision as I was waking up around 3:30-4:00AM and this was just an image, nothing moving or dream-like. It was an old 1980’s era digital clock with glowing red numbers that said, “1:11.” Mind you, I’ve been seeing numbers in triples during my waking life for a long, long time. It’s usually 1:11, 3:33, 4:44 and so on. 1:11 shows up the most often. After that, it’s “9:11” that I keep seeing as well. I put it down to coincidence or maybe someone in the heavenlies is trying to draw my attention to something. As it turns out, that’s exactly what it was.
Well, when I researched that vision a few days later (on Sept 25th), I went through the Bible online, searching every single verse from Exodus to Revelations that had a “1:11” in it. Guess what turned up? That same verse that I believe the Holy Spirit has been showing me over and over ever since the September 23rd hysteria began to reach a fever pitch. It is Acts 1:11 and it refers directly to the hype over the Revelation 12 sign…
“Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” – Acts 1:11
What is the most ignored ‘feast’ in the Orthodox Christian calendar? Mind you, there is no Jewish feast for the Transfiguration because they don’t recognize Jesus as Messiah So this feast day is strictly for Christians only. Fitting, considering that we, as the Body of Christ, would have the knowledge of this date. It’s not even a fixed date, but rather a season, as it occurs in the summertime and is not tied to harvest time. The Rapture will be on a date that no one knows or if they know it, it has been so ignored over time that most don’t even know the time of year it occurs. I had to look it up myself. Thing is, the date that the Catholic Church set aside for it is not the correct time that the Transfiguration actually occurred. I’m referring, of course, to the Feast of Transfiguration.
The date that is set aside for it in Catholic orthodoxy is August 6 or August 19th. In the Protestant faiths, it is usually celebrated on the 8th Sunday after Pentecost, which is in or around May 20th, putting the actual date for the Transfiguration on Protestant calendars around July 23rd or so (or on the Sunday closest to that time). But we know that Jesus was crucified in the spring, during Passover, then buried on the feast of Unleavened Bread. He rose on the feast of First Fruits. Jesus then remained on earth for 40-50 days (the exact time period is unclear to me, but scripturally it is said to be 40 days) before ascending to heaven on the day of Transfiguration, in front of two primary witnesses (Moses and Elijiah) and the apostles. There were some 500 witnesses altogether.
If you look at a regular calendar, August has no Christian religious holidays noted on it. If you look up holidays that occur during August, some interesting ones come up. Ones that tie into the word “sacrifice.” And that’s not the only time when Rapture is the last thing on people’s minds. Christmas is now become a festival of greed rather than celebrating the gift of love from God in giving us His Only Begotten Son. I couldn’t pick a better time frame for the Lord’s unexpected call for the rapture than August. Nothing happens in August, at least as far as modern Christians go. Some devout Catholics and Greek Orthodox have feasts of the Assumption of Mary during that time, but the Transfiguration has been largely ignored or forgotten entirely by mainstream Christianity.
How did this happen? How could the greatest sight ever witnessed by humans on the face of the earth – Jesus rising into heaven – get swept under the rug? Well, you can sum it up in one word – Satan. Preying on the ignorance of Christians, it was probably too easy. Notice, though, what else the verse says. Remember, I was seeing this a bunch of times prior to the Revelation 12 sign. It says, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven?” In other words, why are we staring up at a constellation when we already know that He can come back at any time, in the exact order that He left. 40 days since the August 21st eclipse, on Yom Kippur? Perhaps. But then, everyone would be still looking for that possible day, too. Indeed, I’ve already seen multiple posts on it. A Rapture-season double-whammy. Remember, the Rapture will be an event unlike any other. It is not “secret,” just unknown to those who either scoff or disbelieve. It will rock the world when it happens.
If you look at Jesus’ own words, you can tell that He already figured that 2,000 years later, people would have already forgotten such times and seasons. He knew they would first look to the Jewish feasts and the Book of the Law. But He also knows that His believers will overcome the world and forsake all of that, but remember their own liturgical calendar. The Christian calendar, which has also been ignored in all of this hype. The Rapture is a time of calling up the Body of Christ into the air to meet the Lord. Israel’s day comes later, so why would we go by the ancient Hebrew calendar only when thinking of a Christian-only event like the Rapture? Jesus will come at a time that only His truest believers know. Jesus is the head of the church and will be joined with His church body in heaven’s paradise, God’s place of rest. There we will stay with Him for a period of 7 years. Then He will return to earth exactly as He left it so long ago.
When Jesus said He will return exactly as He left, He was talking about the Rapture and then the Return. That is when (as described in the Song of Solomon) He is announced with a shout and then comes knocking on the door of His bride. As one blogger put it, perhaps the much-maligned Revelation 12 sign of Jupiter emerging from the ‘womb’ of the constellation Virgo is a “shout,” and a warning that the groom is coming to collect His bride in short order. (See this link, here – The Midnight Cry). Will the Rapture occur on September 30th? Or in the dead of summer, during the month of August, when everyone is lazy, hot and tired, not expecting anything unusual to happen? Your guess is as good as mine. Nevertheless, I agree with the blogger who wrote the article “the Midnight Cry,” the Revelation 12 star sign in the heavens was definitely a warning. People, as usual, keep getting it wrong.
I’m reminded once again of that other vision I had in the wee hours of the morning, the one with the four pillars. As a friend of mine put it, the vision is a time marker telling me (and by extension everyone else) where we are on the prophetic clock. I also see this as a literal marker of events to come to America, a covenant nation that has protected Israel for years. America is the one thing standing in the way of a total isolation of Israel, so it will not be intact when the Tribulation begins. America matters in prophecy. It’s the final obstacle. In my view, the two crows show the “war” between to the two party factions in this nation, both of which destroy America’s Respect and Love. the seagull, standing on “War,” is either North Korea or the Chinese, and depicts a violent war coming over the sea, much like a seagull and all it represents. Seagulls are carrion birds, after all. After that, the dove of Peace (or the Holy Spirit, or the Church body) leaves at the time of Sacrifice. Could it be during Yom Kippur? Or will it happen at a time no one expects, like during August, maybe during another religion’s Feast of Sacrifice?
Jesus also said to pray that the bad time, the Trib, also known as Jacob’s Trouble doesn’t occur during winter. The Rapture could even happen on Christmas Day, a time when everyone is thinking about anything but God, focused more on opening their presents — new iPhones, skateboards, or all-terrain vehicles they got from Santa Claus… Santa/Satan…um, nevermind.
Anyway, maybe that’s why the Feast of Transfiguration has been so ignored. Something to think about.
We may not know the day nor the hour, and apparently not even the season. Jesus said He would return when we didn’t expect it, that it come like a “snare.” We may not know when, but it will come. We should always keep watch and be ready. Until then, keep spreading the Gospel of our dear Lord Jesus Christ and abide in God. Know the Word, and make sure that the Word (Jesus Christ) also knows you, too.
My Rapture Box… I don’t have one, per se. Just this blog and this statement here:
If I am suddenly disappeared along with millions of others on September 30th or some other unknown date in the near futue, and if my family happens to find this blog or any of my other internet writings. remember that after the Rapture starts the tribulation. You can still be saved but you will suffer for it. But you will already know by then that the Bible told you the truth all along and there will be no denying it. Whatever you do, don’t take the Mark. It will be something that is placed on your right hand or in your forehead. If you allow that to happen, there is no hope of salvation for you. The Bible will probably not be available online any more after that time. Find a real one somewhere, stow it where you can always find it, and read it. By the time you get to Revelations, you will know what happened, what I tried to tell you. And you will know what you will have to do at that point. You will have to make one final choice and I pray for all I’m worth that you make the right one.
Featured image: Clips from video game, “Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture)
(Additional images from the game in the body of the text as well, including gif made by BioStrange). Also Maxim.com / melancholia.gif