Q. I know you probably answered this millions of times, but… Did Jesus drink wine or grape juice? In other words, was there any alcohol in it?
Also, I read the latest article on (another website) where the pastor seems to believe that the rapture should occur at the sounding of the last trump during Rosh Hashanah. Do you agree?
A. In Matt. 11:18-19 Jesus said, For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and “sinners.” ‘ They couldn’t have called Him a drunkard if all he drank was grape juice.
You can’t use the trumpet reference in 1 Cor. 15:52 to pin the Rapture timing to Rosh Hashanah, and in any case I don’t believe the Rapture has to happen on a specific date. I believe it will happen as soon as the full number of gentiles has come in (Romans 11:25) . There are several “Last Trumpets” in the Bible and Jewish tradition. This verse just means it’s the last trumpet we’ll hear before we’re changed. Since both the Corinthian passage and the one from Thessalonians describe the same things, it’s safe to assume that this trumpet is the same one mentioned in 1 Thes. 4:16 and is not pointing us toward any other event.
I think it’s more accurate to see the Spring Feasts of Israel being fulfilled in the 1st Coming and the Fall feasts being fulfilled in the 2nd Coming. Pentecost, coming in the summer, was fulfilled by the Church, which only exists on Earth between the 2. I think Rosh Hashanah will most likely mark the day of the Lord’s return in Glory, Yom Kippur will begin the Judgments that follow, with Tabernacles again being associated with God’s dwelling with man, this time in the Millennium.