Re-Thinking Rapture Estimates

Q. In 2010 you said there was enough time for the rapture to take place by the end of 2011, but it didn’t. I agree with your 1948 starting point. Do you see any other solid date variables besides the 70 year life span ? I have not seen any new articles from you to revise your time line. Please don’t give up ! You are our valued resource on the End Times.

A. Several years ago, I began saying I believed that the rapture would likely take place sometime in 2011. Since 2011 came and went with no rapture, I’ve been over my calculations dozens of times. The only flaw I can find in my thinking concerns the duration of a human lifespan from Psalm 90:10. The verse reads, “The length of our days is seventy years – or eighty if we have the strength.”

I originally interpreted that verse to mean that seventy years was the average human lifespan and eighty is the exception. Isaiah 23:15 seemed to pin it down for me, giving 70 years as the lifespan of a king. Following several suggestions that I should look at the verse again, I have now concluded that I was reading it too narrowly and should have interpreted Psalm 90:10 as giving the human lifespan a range of 70-80 years.

In effect, Matt. 24:34 says all end times prophecy, including the 2nd Coming, will occur within a human lifespan of the appearance of the first End Times sign. Like many others, I interpret re-birth of Israel in 1948 to be the first sign. A 70-80 year range equates to 2018-2028 for the 2nd Coming. Subtracting 7 years for Daniel’s 70th Week would place the rapture between 2011-2021.

This provides a 10 year window from 2011 within which the rapture could happen at any time. Since 2011 came and went, I’ve been content just to say the rapture can literally happen any day now, as soon as the full number of Gentiles has come in (Romans 11:25), but before the 70th Week of Daniel begins.

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