“But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that this day should overtake you like a thief.” 1 Thessalonians 5:4
It has been one year since there was the theory of the Rapture occurring on the Feast of Trumpets 2010. A number of individuals believe that 2011’s Feast of Trumpets is the correct time to anticipate the Rapture of the Church. The bulk of the reasoning behind this is that it is the last time to squeeze in a 70 year timeline from the founding of Israel in 1948 to 2018 and it would place the Tetrads of 2014 and 2015 in the middle of the 70th Week.
While the legitimacy of this view may be questioned as with any view, the important matter is that if the Last Trump is not blown to gather us on the Feast of Trumpets in 2011, then many will start to question much of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Doctrine. This has been seen before with those who were on fire for the return of Christ and then they start to question foundational beliefs. This is always unfortunate. The solid Pre-Tribulation Rapture position is founded on Scripture and not a timeline. When we allow timelines fulfilled or unfulfilled to alter the clear teaching of Scripture, then we are always in error.
If 2011 is the year of the Rapture, then that will be fantastic. If it is not, then it is still the plan of God. It is still the perfect plan of God that will fulfill the patterns and hints throughout the Bible. We can be assured of that.
The issue before us then is that 70 years minus 7 years is now at its limit from 1948. After 2011 it is safe to say that time will have to move beyond and enter the extra period of “by strength” according to the Psalmist (90:10). Either way, we are living in the most exciting and maybe depressing time to be alive (seeing the byproducts of rejecting God), but we must not lose heart and we must focus on the prize.
He is still coming on His appointed schedule...
Update – September 30, 2011
Obviously now, the Feast of Trumpets for 2011 was not the appointed time for the Rapture. For those who believed it was indeed meant to be the Rapture moment, now is not time to be caught off balance by the enemy. It is time to be wholly grounded in the Word of God. God’s schedule is still right on time and is still quickly coming to pass just as the prophets said it would. Any human miscalculations do not alter any teaching from the Bible or provide any such evidence against it. The scoffers may claim victory and beat their drums, but where is that type of behavior ever condoned? It is actually one of the signs of the times...
Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. –2 Peter 3:1-7
Any serious watcher will probably have anticipated a few years that have come and gone with unmet expectations. But it is never time to throw in the towel. It is always time for a balanced life in the Bible, which always includes remaining watchful and being vigilant. It is never time to surrender any crowns...