When is the Rapture of the Church?

The timing of the so-called Rapture is one of the most debated end-time events. Does the Holy Bible clearly tell us when or are the Scriptures so vague that there is no way we can pinpoint it?

We will prove from the Word that the Rapture is after the enemies of Jesus are made His footstool. We will also prove that the Rapture will be on the Feast of Tabernacles. This study will be very detailed so that it is crystal-clear.

First proof

but he, when he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; henceforth expecting till his enemies be made the footstool of his feet. (Hebrews 10:12-13)

Paul understood that once Jesus sat at the right hand of God, after the Resurrection, from the time Jesus got there, He is expecting to remain there until His enemies are made His footstool. So the Rapture is after the footstool.

For David ascended not into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Till I make thine enemies the footstool of thy feet. (Acts 2:34-35)

If you believe in a pre-tribulation rapture or someone who thinks, we’re not appointed to wrath, so this can’t be true, you’re probably not studying the Greek or Hebrew word meanings. You may be missing some valuable information.

One wrath

For God appointed us not unto wrath, but unto the obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, (1 Thessalonians 5:9)

In the verse above, the Greek word for “wrath” here is orgay G3709. So we are not appointed to orgay.

Another wrath

And I heard a great voice out of the temple, saying to the seven angels, Go ye, and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God into the earth. (Revelation 16:1)

In the verse above, this Greek word is thumos G2372. So to say we are not appointed to orgay has nothing to do with the Revelation 16 wrath which is thumos. Even though we (soon-to-be immortals mentioned in Zechariah 14:16) will be here for this, it won’t harm us, nor the others (a remnant of spared mortals) who will be here. (More on them later.)

So where is Jesus when the Revelation 16 wrath (thumos) is poured out?

The Lord at thy right hand Will strike through kings in the day of his wrath. (Psalm 110:5)

It is this wrath that makes the enemies a footstool, so that “henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool” can be fulfilled. Now Jesus can return in the clouds.

Look again

Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather up first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn. (Matthew 13:30)

The reapers are told to gather the tares first. Where are they gathered?

For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. (Zechariah 14:2)

And bind them in bundles to burn them.

And this shall be the plague wherewith Jehovah will smite all the peoples that have warred against Jerusalem: their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their sockets, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. (Zechariah 14:12)

Here but unharmed

And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations that came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, Jehovah of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. (Zechariah 14:16)

Yes, there will be mortals who survive. These are also the people who fulfill the above verse. (We will post a much more comprehensive teaching about the Millennium in the future.)

And when the thousand years are finished, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall come forth to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to the war: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. (Revelation 20:7-8)

After Matthew 13:30 and Zechariah 14:2 are fulfilled, there is now a footstool.

Here is when He arises, but is there a footstool first?

We will go into his tabernacles; We will worship at his footstool. Arise, O Jehovah, into thy resting-place; Thou, and the ark of thy strength. Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; And let thy saints shout for joy. (Psalm 132:7-9)

The “resting-place” is the Millennial reign of Christ. Satan will be bound in the bottomless pit and the Beast and the False Prophet will be in the Lake of Fire during that time.

Going Greek

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we that are alive, that are left unto the coming of the Lord, shall in no wise precede them that are fallen asleep. (1 Thessalonians 4:15)

The Greek word for “left” here is “to survive” and it’s only used twice in the Bible. Here is the only other verse in which it is found:

then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:17)

That’s right. It is used only two verses later. It reads as such: “then we that are alive, that survive, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds.”

The Greek word for “meet” is to go where someone is and return with them, as in this verse:

where we found brethren, and were entreated to tarry with them seven days: and so we came to Rome. And from thence the brethren, when they heard of us, came to meet us as far as The Market of Appius and The Three Taverns; whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage. And when we entered into Rome, Paul was suffered to abide by himself with the soldier that guarded him. (Acts 28:14-16)

They went out to meet Paul and company and return back with him.

People say the Church isn’t mentioned after Revelation 4, but the Church was only addressed in the beginning of Revelation. Look at who Revelation is really to; and they are mentioned throughout.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show unto his servants, even the things which must shortly come to pass: and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John; (Revelation 1:1)

Comfort one another

Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:18)

We have heard pastors ask how we can “comfort one another” if we have to go through the worst time in history. Ironically, the person who wrote that (Apostle Paul) was beheaded. The “comfort” does not apply to how you die. If you die, maybe you’re alive and survive and you will “ever be with the Lord.” That is the “comfort.”

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

Holy angels

to the end he may establish your hearts unblamable in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. (1 Thessalonians 3:13)

The Greek word for “saints” is Hagios G40 which means “sacred, holy”; or saints which means “sanctified ones.”

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: (Matthew 25:31 KJV)

The same Greek word for “holy” used to describe the angels is also hagios G40.

Jesus said so

And this is the will of him that sent me, that of all that which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that every one that beholdeth the Son, and believeth on him, should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:39-40)

No man can come to me, except the Father that sent me draw him: and I will raise him up in the last day. (John 6:44)

He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood hath eternal life: and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:54)

The Greek word for “last day” is eschatos G2078 and it is where we get the word “eschatology” which is the science of last things. This word means “final, furthest or uttermost.”

Martha knew what Jesus said

Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. (John 11:23-24)

Why on the Feast of Tabernacles?

There are three feasts (appointments) left: Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah); Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur); Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot).

Hallel consists of six Psalms (113–118). On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Hallel is not said at all. The full Hallel is recited for the entirety of Sukkot.

For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. (Matthew 23:39)

Blessed be he that cometh in the name of Jehovah: We have blessed you out of the house of Jehovah. (Psalm 118:26)

Twice Jesus spoke something about His ‘time.’

And when the wine failed, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. And Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. (John 2:3-4)

We already know what this verse means:

Jesus therefore said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, ye have not life in yourselves. (John 6:53)

What does the next verse mean?

Now the feast of the Jews, the feast of tabernacles, was at hand. His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may behold thy works which thou doest. For no man doeth anything in secret, and himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou doest these things, manifest thyself to the world. For even his brethren did not believe on him. Jesus therefore saith unto them, My time is not yet come; but your time is always ready. The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that its works are evil. Go ye up unto the feast: I go not up unto this feast; because my time is not yet fulfilled. (John 7:2-8)

Did He go to the Feast of Tabernacles that day?

But when his brethren were gone up unto the feast, then went he also up, not publicly, but as it were in secret. (John 7:10)

The Feast of Tabernacles that He was referring to was the actual appointment in the future. This was just a dress rehearsal (holy convocations H4744) So, no, He didn’t go to the one He was referring to. This one is the Second Coming. He was born on this feast which is the first coming. The Feast of Tabernacles is a pilgrimage feast, the reason the inn was full.

And she brought forth her firstborn son; and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7)

Setting up His Kingdom with a footstool for a King

And Jehovah shall be King over all the earth: in that day shall Jehovah be one, and his name one. (Zechariah 14:9)

but he, when he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; henceforth expecting till his enemies be made the footstool of his feet. (Hebrews 10:12-13)

Tabernacle at His footstool … Arise, O’ Lord

We will go into his tabernacles; We will worship at his footstool. Arise, O Jehovah, into thy resting-place; Thou, and the ark of thy strength. Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; And let thy saints shout for joy. (Psalm 132:7-9)

The Millennial reign starts on the Feast of Tabernacles. Do you want to see one year after the Millennial reign starts?

And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations that came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, Jehovah of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. (Zechariah 14:16)

Sukkot is the Feast of Tabernacles, also known as Ingathering. He is rising because now He has a footstool upon which to rest His feet and we Tabernacle (dwell) with Him.

Parable of the tares/weeds

The tares are gathered and burned first.

Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather up first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn. (Matthew 13:30)

The parable of the tares explained

and the field is the world; and the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; and the enemy that sowed them is the devil: and the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are angels. As therefore the tares are gathered up and burned with fire; so shall it be in the end of the world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that cause stumbling, and them that do iniquity, (Matthew 13:38-41)

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