1788. Timing of the rapture: December 18th 2020


Figure 1. Valley of Armageddon in Israel: where a final battle will take place between the returning Jesus as King of Kings and Lord of Lords and all the nations who come against Israel at this time. This occurs at the time that the 7 year tribulation period ends. This event is tied to when the rapture takes place.

As can be seen from many of my previous articles on this subject, I have been searching for understanding on the timing of the rapture for quite some time [Playlist: Timing of the rapture]. In my last article on this subject, I came to the conclusion that May 18th 2020 was the first day on which the rapture could have occurred since this day was 1260 days from the end of the tribulation. However, it has become clear that Israel will continue to be fed in the place God has prepared for her after the end of the tribulation, so that those 1260 days will not end until Israel is taken from the nations where they are now living in, to the land of Israel. This means that the rapture will be postponed beyond May 18th 2020 by as many days as Israel remains in those nations, after the end of the tribulation [Article 1780: Timing of the rapture: Christians arrested and exterminated].

Figure 2. Timing of events during the 7 year tribulation period which began 49 years after the command to restore Jerusalem was issued on June 28th 1967, according to Dan. 9:24-27. The 1290 and 1335 day counts in Dan. 12:11-12, to the stopping of the sacrifice of praise, and from the abomination of desolation event, determine the length of both halves; the 45 day difference is due to a time lag in effect due to the length of a day being shortened. The tribulation ends 1335 days after the abomination of desolation event on March 4th 2020. The woman Israel is fed for 1260 days after her child, the body of Christ is born, an event in Rev. 12 which describes the rapture as her child is caught up to God’s throne.

 Now, the Book of Ezekiel contains a description of the events following the return of Jesus and a detailed description of the Temple that will be built in Jerusalem, at the time, as well as the temple services that will be taking place there at the time. In Ezek. 47, we read about water that flows from the temple which heals the Dead Sea and about a large quantity of fish returning. We also read about trees growing along the river that will provide fruit for food, whilst the leaves will be for medicine, which suggests that it will be very similar to what already exists in Heaven.

47 Then he brought me back to the door of the [a]temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side. …When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the [b]valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever [c]the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. 10 It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many. 11 But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt. 12 Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”[d](Ezek. 47:1-2,7-11)

The river in the Heavenly Jerusalem is described in Rev. 22:

22 And he showed me a [a]pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Rev. 22:1-2)

Now at the time that Jesus returns, many nations come against Israel and Jesus destroys them so that there are dead bodies all over the land, so many that it takes the people living in the land of Israel, 7 months to bury them.

11 “It will come to pass in that day that I will give Gog a burial place there in Israel, the valley of those who pass by east of the sea; and it will obstruct travelers, because there they will bury Gog and all his multitude. Therefore they will call it the Valley of [g]Hamon Gog. 12 For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them, in order to cleanse the land. 13Indeed all the people of the land will be burying, and they will gain renown for it on the day that I am glorified,” says the Lord God. 14“They will set apart men regularly employed, with the help of [h]a search party, to pass through the land and bury those bodies remaining on the ground, in order to cleanse it. At the end of seven months they will make a search. 15 The search party will pass through the land; and when anyone sees a man’s bone, he shall [i]set up a marker by it, till the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hamon Gog. 16 The name of the city will also be [j]Hamonah. Thus they shall cleanse the land.” ’ (Ezek. 39:11-16)

This great number of people that come against the land of Israel right at the end of the 7 year tribulation period is described as the 6th of the 7 last plagues in Rev. 16:

12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings [g]of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. 16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, [h]Armageddon. (Rev. 16:12-14, 16)

So Israel will be burying the dead, the result of the battle of Armageddon, when all nations come against Israel, for 7 months. It is only after this period of 7 months that Jesus calls for the rest of Israel that are still living in the nations to which they have been scattered, back to the land of Israel.

25 “Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Now I will bring back the captives of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name— 26 after they have borne their shame, and all their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, when they dwelt safely in their own land and no one made them afraid. 27 When I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and I am hallowed in them in the sight of many nations, 28 then they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who sent them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their land, and left none of them [k]captive any longer29 And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says the Lord God.” (Ezek. 39:25-29)

He will not leave a single one of them behind.  Jesus knows who belongs to Israel and will make sure that every single one of them is returned to the land of Israel at that time. This would then be the time when the 1260 days that Israel is fed in a place prepared by God ends, which suggests that the rapture will therefore occur at least 7 months after May 18th 2020.

She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throneThen the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days. (Rev. 12: 5-6)

Figure 3. The end of the tribulation is 1335 days after the abomination of desolation event which occurred on March 4th 2020 [Article 1761: The abomination of desolation and the desolate in Daniel 9] and May 18th 2020 is 1260 days from the end. The rapture cannot happen until 7 months later, which takes us to December 18th 2020.

Since Jesus is likely to take a few more days to weeks, after the land is cleansed, to gather all of Israel out of the different nations around the world, the rapture is not likely to happen until after December 18th 2020. It may thus happen some days to a few weeks after but most likely not long after and therefore likely to happen by the end of December of 2020, or very soon after that. Since the opening of the first seal, which then allowed the Antichrist to ride the white horse and to use his crown, i.e. the 666 virus epidemic lie to conquer, at the end of December of 2019, this suggests that the rapture will happen a year after the opening of the first seal, and some 10 months, after the abomination of desolation event.

In conclusion, Israel remains in the place prepared for her by God, for 7 months, after the end of the tribulation, according to Ezek. 39, which suggests that the rapture cannot take place until 7 months after May 18th 2020 and thus not until December 18th 2020, but is likely to happen soon after and thus most likely by the end of December of 2020.

References:

[1]          Albers, C. (2020). Playlist: Timing of the rapture

[2]          Albers, C. (2020). Article 1780: Timing of the rapture: Christians arrested and exterminated

[3]          Albers, C. (2020). Article 1761: The abomination of desolation and the desolate in Daniel 9

 


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