Q. Thanks for your faithfulness in answering so many questions so carefully. At this week of Rosh Hashanah, my question is about the relationship of this first Fall feast to the trumpet call of God at the Rapture. There seems to be agreement that the four Jewish festivals in the Spring time have all been purposefully authorized and honored by God. So that thought is that God’s choice of calling His bride, the Church would likely fall on Rosh Hashanah. This seems to me to take away from the immanency concept which says it could be any day of any year. Your thoughts, please.
A. I’ve said this before but it bears repeating. The Spring Feasts were fulfilled in Israel and for Israel. It was because Israel rejected their fulfillment that the Gentiles have benefited through the Church. Now ask yourself this. Is there anything in any of the feasts that speak of Israel suddenly being whisked off the planet to dwell in Heaven with Jesus? No. The rapture was uniquely created for the Church, so why would it be fulfilled on a Jewish feast day?
All the dozens of End Times prophecies concerning Israel center around the promise that God will one day return to dwell with them in the land He promised them (Ezekiel 43:7, etc.). I believe Rosh Hashanah will be fulfilled when the Lord returns to Israel at the 2nd Coming, Yom Kippur contains the Lord’s judgment of Israel following His return, and Tabernacles will begin the time when the Lord dwells again with Israel.
I think insisting that the rapture of the Church will occur on a Jewish Feast day is like saying the Church has replaced Israel in God’s plan. That’s called replacement theology and it’s a provably false teaching.