September 2018 Revive Israel Ministries
The Seventh Shofar and The Rapture (Part 2)
Daniel Juster, Th. D. Restoration from Zion of Tikkun
Read part 1 HERE.
5. In Rev. 14 we
read what many scholars historically have said is the rapture and the resurrection
of the saints. There are two angels, one harvests the earth in what
seems like a harvest of the righteous (14:16). Then another
angel gathers the grapes into the winepress of the wrath of God. This
fits the idea that the wrath of God is a very brief period at the end of the
tribulation, and we are not here for that. It fits the time between the
Feast of Trumpets and Yom Kippur.
Some who say they believe in a pre-wrath rapture find support for this here. Some
of them claim to be mid-tribulation, pre-wrath in their view of the timing
of the rapture, but this mistakes the tribulation as a seven-year period and
coordinates it with the seven trumpets, whereas the Bible tells us it is 3
½ years or half a seven. So, the bowls of wrath come at the very
end and occur as we are returning with him from heaven to deliver Israel. It
also includes the picture of the Lord slaying the armies of the nations that
have come up to destroy Israel (Rev. 19, Joel 3; Zech. 12, 14).
6. The seventh shofar view again fits what
happens after the armies of the nations are destroyed. The Feast of Trumpets/New
Year in Jewish tradition leads to the Days of Awe, the days of judgment between
Rosh Hoshana and Yom Kippur, but on Yom Kippur we have the final day of repentance. So,
there will be a great Yom Kippur in Jerusalem, Israel and the nations.
It would seem that the return of Yeshua to the earth after the rapture and
resurrection leads to the repentance of those who were not raptured. This
fits the picture of Zechariah 12:10-14 when all of the tribes
of Israel mourn. They look on Him who they have pierced and mourn for
him. This does not seem to be a heavenly vision where they see him,
but that He will be literally here and will be seen on earth. Some do
see this as a pre-rapture turning of Israel, but I think the idea of the last
war and Israel’s deliverance comes first, for in a time of war, one would not
be able to fit this picture of everyone mourning. No, they would be fighting. Indeed,
this is a picture after the war where Israel, in their natural bodies, will
be mourning and realizing that He was the one, their Messiah and Savior, all
along. So, in these pictures, Yom Kippur fits if it follows the rapture
7. At the end of Yom Kippur, a shofar is
blown. It could be the last of this Age, and the inauguration of the
Age to Come. In Lev. 25:10-12 the shofar blown on Yom
Kippur announces the Jubilee year. Indeed, Israel and the nations have
repented and all can now celebrate Sukkot together or Tabernacles (Zech.
14:16). The First Tabernacles of the Millennial Age would fit
as the celebration of the Bride of the Messiah being joined to the Messiah,
or the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
So, the shofar blast of Yom Kippur on this scheme would not be the rapture
and resurrection but the Jubilee shofar that ends the old age and begins the
Millennial Age and the reign of the Messiah and his Bride, of Jew and Gentile
who reign within Israel and the nations. The rapture shofar is not the
shofar announcing the age of peace as at the end of Yom Kippur after repentance,
but the seventh also announces the final judgment of Rev. 19 and Zech.
14 and the very last battle that takes place.
Spirit of Grace and Favor
Asher Intrater speaks about the timing of Jerusalem becoming a stumbling
stone for the nations, being the same time the Spirit of grace and favor is
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