According to the calendar of G-d, if the final count-down begins on September 13, 1993, then September 13, 2000 would represent 7 years of the 10 “Days” of Awe, with 3 years (“days”) of the “Age of Grace” remaining, and 5 more years of judgment and tribulation until Sukkot 2008/Feast of Tabernacles. Tucked into those remaining three and final five years is that 7-year period to which the second half of the Book of Revelation is devoted to.
That 7-year period is divided into two 3 1/2 year time frames, which would - hypothetically - end on Yom Kippur in the year 2,008. By that time not a single member of the Body of Messiah should remain on the earth35, but all should be gathered in heaven preparing for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb36, while G-d's wrath is being poured out upon the wicked.
The Scriptures, including the Book of Revelation, neither uphold the supposition that ALL the members of the Body of Messiah will be caught up just prior to the 7-year Tribulation period, nor that ALL will be caught up at once. There will be those who shall be spared the time of trial37, while others will yet remain on the earth through some of those trials. Of the seven churches addressed by the Spirit of G-d in Revelation, only one is promised escape from that distressing time. The other six do not receive such a promise, because only brotherly love is greater than mighty works, and being faithful and obedient to His Name and Word greater than casting out demons38. Moreover, there are saints whose specific "work" is that of martyrdom, as Revelation 6:9-11 makes clear.
The greatest and most abundant First-Fruits harvest of G-d, bringing innumerable millions into salvation through faith in Yeshua HaMashiach, is during those last years of the “Age of Grace”, beginning with the Feast of Trumpets / Rosh Hashanah, continuing through the Ten Days of Awe, ending with Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement. If G-d removes the entire Body of Messiah, who is to preach the Gospel to every people, nation, tribe and tongue? Only one angel?39 If the Rapture takes place all at once, then who are those in Revelation 14:12-13? What's more, all those who will be shaken awake and brought to their senses by that event would have no more chance for salvation.
But according to G-d's Calendar, there is a final grace period of ten days (i.e., years) during which one can make it right with G-d and be saved!!! G-d gives more than one chance to make it to heaven, for there will be many who come to believe in the "last hour".
It is, therefore, a very dangerous teaching which says that all of the Church shall be caught up at the beginning of the 7-year period. This does not prepare saints for the possibility of persecution and suffering, for the need of perseverance and endurance40, for the testing of their faith even unto death. Yet this is the exhortation in each of the messages to the seven churches: he/she who endures, who overcomes, who conquers shall receive those things promised by the Lord.
The Pre-Trib and one-time Rapture hypothesis ignores these factors, as well as the Lord’s words of warning and exhortation in Mark 13:35 and Luke 12:38. Nevertheless, the Lord continually emphasizes the gravity of not being ready and awake when He comes41. For then this prediction of His shall come true that while some will be taken up, others will be left behind42 until, at His last coming like a "thief", there will not remain another chance. That last coming "in the air" will be the final gathering up of the "rear-guard" of the Body of Messiah43. Whosoever is left behind alive at that time, at that final "catching-up" just prior to the war of Armageddon [Har Meggido, in Hebrew), will have to face the wrath of G-d raging through the earth.
There is yet another important factor coming into play: the year 2,003 is the year of the 70th Jubilee, the year when the setting free of the captives shall be proclaimed throughout the Land, along with the restoration of the inheritance.
The year of the 70th Jubilee will be proclaimed on Yom Kippur of the year 2,003!
1. The number 70 is a combination of two of the perfect numbers, seven and ten. While their sum (17) is very significant, their product (70) heightens the significance of each. Hence 7x10 signifies perfect spiritual order carried out in the perfection of divine order44.
2. The foundation of G-d's people was laid by the souls of Israel numbering 70 when going down to Egypt45, and the foundation of G-d's redeemed and once again immortal people was laid by 70 disciples46.
Seventy elders were judging Israel, and seventy is the number especially
connected with Jerusalem and the time of her redemption47.
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