Q. I had a question about the Feast of Trumpets and it’s relation to the Rapture. I agree that the Rapture cannot fulfill Rev. 12. My question is: since the Second Coming would be likely to occur on the Feast of Trumpets and if you’re correct in your theory that all prophecy will be fulfilled by 2018, and we know that Daniel’s 70th week is 7 years long, should we not be looking for the Rapture to occur at or very near the Feast of Trumpets in 2011? That would be next week. I know I’m always looking for the Lord’s return, but the calendar math won’t add up if the Rapture takes place in, say, December. That is, if the Second Coming is to occur by the Feast of Trumpets in 2018.
A. There too many variables here to contend with. First of all Daniel’s 70 Weeks consists of 490 years of 360 days each. That means the 70th Week will be 2520 days long, not 2556.75 . Second the Feast of Trumpets is based on the Jewish lunar calendar not our calendar, so it’s different every year. Third, no one will know the day and hour of the 2nd Coming in advance, so counting backwards from 2018 won’t help. Fourth, projected future feast dates are based on computer generations, not eye witness sightings as Jewish Law requires. Fifth, if we could merely count back from the future, we could have known the exact day long ago. Sixth the rapture is number specific not date specific. There’s probably at least one more, but you get the idea. I prefer to say that the rapture is most likely very near and let it go at that.