God’s Timetable

Drew Berding

When could the Rapture occur?
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Can we predict when the Rapture perhaps might occur?  We can’t say positively the exact date1 but it is obvious that the time is near.   So many of the signs that were prophesied seem to be converging.2  Jesus even commanded that we must be alert for His coming.3

Even though we can’t be precise, we can do our best.  Let’s figure from the date of Jesus’ birth. 

We know that Jesus was not born in the year zero.  As a matter of fact, there was no year zero. 

  • King Herod died in 4 BC—a matter of historical record.4
  • In an attempt to kill baby Jesus, he had all babies in Bethlehem two years and under killed:5
    • I assume this is why God had him die such a horrible death.6
    • I further assume Herod ordered two years instead of one year in order to make sure he didn’t miss killing Jesus.
    • Therefore I think it is safe to conclude that Jesus was born in 5 BC.7
  • Jesus was about 30 when He began His ministry:8
    • Therefore we might think He started His ministry in 30 – 5 = 25 AD.
    • However we have to add one year since there was no year zero.
    • So, 25 AD + 1 = 26 AD when He began His ministry.
  • His ministry was 3 years long until the Cross and Resurrection:9
    • Therefore His Resurrection was in 26 AD + 3 = 29 AD.
    • His Resurrection marked the end of the Old Covenant.
  • God’s timetable seems to work in 1000 year increments:10 11 12 13 14
    • 29 AD was the end of the Old Covenant — a period 2 x 1000 = 2000 years long.
    • 29 AD was also the beginning of the New Covenant — a period 2 x 1000 = 2000 years long — the Church age in which we are now living.
  • Since Jesus will return at the end of the Tribulation,15 add 2000 years from His Resurrection until the end of the Tribulation:
    • Therefore the Tribulation ends in 29 AD + 2000 = 2029 AD.
    • This also starts the next period of 1000 years — the Millennium.
  • Since we know that the Tribulation is 7 years long:16
    • Therefore the start of the Tribulation is in 2029 AD – 7 = 2022 AD
  • If it take a couple of years after the Rapture for things to get so bad that the Antichrist is welcomed at the start of the Tribulation:
    • Then the Rapture could occur in 2022 AD – 2 = 2020 AD
    • Maybe next month at the Feast of Trumpets!!! 17 18
    • In 2020 the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) occurs on September 18, 19 & 20.
    • At the last Trump,19 Jesus will call us to Heaven20 to be with Him forever.
    • So be prepared and excited!
  • On the other hand, if this date is inaccurate: 
    • We still know it will be soon. 
    • As the saying goes: “Next year in Jerusalem!”
    • Be expectant.
  • Dates for the Feast of Trumpets:
    • September 19, 2020
    • September 7, 2021
    • September 26, 2022
    • September 16, 2023
    • October 3, 2024

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Footnotes

  1. Matt 24:36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.”
  2. Matt 24:32-33, “Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near;  33 so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door.”
  3. Matt 24:42-44, “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.  43 But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.  44 For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.”
  4. Bernegger, P. M. (1983). “Affirmation of Herod’s Death in 4 B.C”. Journal of Theological Studies. 34 (34): 526–531. JSTOR 23963471.
  5. Matt 2:16, Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi.
  6. Acts 12:20, And immediately an angel of the Lord struck him [Herod] because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died.
  7. Ha ha ha to the “infallible Pope”—stick it in your ear!
  8. Luke 3:23, When He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age….
  9. “This third reference to a Passover in the Gospel of John is why many suggest that Jesus’s ministry was a period of about three years. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministry_of_Jesus#:~:text=This%20third%20reference%20to%20a,provides%20a%20more%20detailed%20account.
  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=douxZDxFjZ0
  11. Ps 90:4, “For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it passes by, or as a watch in the night.”
  12. 2 Peter 3:8, “But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.”
  13. Rev 20:1-3, “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed; after these things he must be released for a short time.”
  14. Rev 20:4-6, “…and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.  7 When the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison….”
  15. Rev 19:19-21, “And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.”
  16. Dan 9:24, “And he [the antichrist] will make a firm covenant with the many [Israel] for one week [Literally a period of sevens—i.e. seven years], but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”
  17. Num 29:1, “Now in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall also have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work. It will be to you a day for blowing trumpets.”
  18. God ordained seven prophetic Holy Feasts: four Spring Feasts (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Weeks) plus three Fall Feasts (Trumpets, Yom Kippur, and Tabernacles).  All three Spring Feasts have been fulfilled (Jesus’ death, freedom from sin, His Resurrection, and the giving of the Holy Spirit).  The next Feast to be fulfilled is Trumpets (the Rapture of His people).  After that there are two remaining Feasts (the salvation of the Jews, and Jesus the Christ setting up His eternal Kingdom).  For more information see “The Feasts of the Lord” by Howard and Rosenthal.
  19. 1 Cor 15:51-52, “Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”
  20. John 5:28-29, “Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice,  and will come forth.”

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