TIMING OF THE RAPTURE

It should not be surprising to us when an Old Testament account has a now and prophetic future meaning like the Exodus account of the blood over the door posts of the Passover Lamb. We know now that was to be a picture of Jesus, the Passover Lamb. The conquest of Jericho is one of these stories. One has to ask what purpose would God have to give Joshua such a crazy battle plan unless it was to be a picture of a future event. As you will see it bears many parallels to the last seven years of the 70th week of Daniel.

The Pattern of Seven Events is an essential and critical prophetic construction for the 70th week of Daniel, the last seven years before Jesus returns to first rapture the Saints and to pour out His wrath upon an unrepentant world.

The pattern of seven events is the “roadmap” of the 70th Week of Daniel allowing Christians to know where they are in each of the seven years and what to anticipate next, what the timing of those events will be, and most importantly how to “overcome” during the trials that are to come. This pattern of seven events is given by Jesus in the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, in Joshua, Judges, Psalms, Daniel, Ezekiel, and in Revelation with the letters to the Seven Churches, and the Seven Seals. It is also in the meaning and order of the Feasts of the Lord. God gives us these numerous accounts so that we know He is in control of all that unfolds including the great tribulation that Christians will experience during this time.

THE RAPTURE

If we read the Conquest of Jericho account closely we’ll notice that the timing of the Rapture is given:

And when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people shall go up,Joshua 6:5

This passage bears an amazing similarity to Paul’s accounts of the Rapture: “For the Lord, Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

The “last trumpet” is the final “long blast with a ram’s horn” on Yom Teruah just like the quote above from the Jericho Account. This is truly amazing. At the breaking of the Seventh Seal, Jesus will blow the trumpet of God and a great shout will go out. The dead in Christ will rise first, and, as the Jericho Account states, “the people will go up.” Just as in the seven-day battle of Jericho, the “symbolic Rapture” occurs after encircling the city for six days (six seals), at the very end of the Sixth Year of the 70th Week of Daniel, the Rapture will occur at the seventh seal (encircling the city seven times). The saints will be gathered together by the angels to our Lord and will enter a Sabbath rest in Heaven.

If you need further teaching materials on the pattern of seven events I have posted many posts and Nelson Walters videos on this topic. Do a search. You can also go to Nelson’s YouTube video channel.

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