Q. I am wondering … what else has to happen before the Lord returns? I waffled back and forth between pre and mid for many years and now that I feel like I have a solid belief in pre-trib, I am wondering what prophecies still need to be fulfilled, if any. My daughter keeps mentioning something about a red heifer, but I am not sure where that comes into play.
I have read much about Pentecost on your site and am wondering if it is possible for His return on this Pentecost, May 31, or does that not give enough time if something still needs to be fulfilled. I find myself completely absorbed in thinking and longing for His return, and almost feel like I wont be able to bear it on June 1st. How does one balance longing for him and keeping on in this lifetime.
I feel like I am holding my breath waiting for the moment when with one blink I close my eyes here, and open them in heaven. Will it happen that fast?? Sorry, I am just truly longing to go home.
A. There are no prophecies that must be fulfilled before the Rapture can happen. All that remains is for the Church to achieve its predetermined number, and no one on Earth knows what that number is or how close we to achieving it.
A Rapture on Pentecost is possible but no more so than any other day. What I’ve said was if the Rapture has to occur on a Jewish Feast day then Pentecost is the one we should be looking at. Personally, I don’t believe any Jewish Feast days will be fulfilled by the Rapture of the Church, but mentioned Pentecost with its connection to the birth of the Church as being a more likely candidate than the Fall Feasts that are the focus of so much speculation each year.
Finding a red heifer is required to ritually purify Jews so they can work on construction of the coming Temple without defiling it, but that has nothing to do with the Church.
The Lord wants us to be watching and waiting for Him to come for us. He doesn’t keep the date secret to tease us, but to keep the enemy off guard. The fact that we’re getting so excited is a sign that the time is near. When we get to the Bema Seat judgment we’ll find that there’s a crown waiting for all those who have longed for His appearing (2 Tim. 4:8)