Putting The Pieces Together: Part 2

It has long been thought that Christ’s visible second coming would occur on the Day of Atonement, but based on this additional evidence, perhaps the rapture will occur on that day, as well. As the only day when Heaven is opened, it could be the day the Church enters Heaven and also the day Christ and the Church return from Heaven. The Day of Atonement might then be a template and encapsulate the entire Tribulation period – the Day of the LORD. Here is a summary of points in favor of a rapture on a Yom Kippur that also coincides with the Jubilee:

1. It’s the only moed explicitly tied to the shophar and this shophar is heard “throughout all the land”. This might be the best candidate for the trumpet of God mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 4:16.

2. The trumpet announces liberty from bondage, rest from labor, and a return to land, property, and family – all images of what Believers inherit at the rapture.

3. It is the only day of the entire year when access was granted to the Holy of Holies, and perhaps then the only day of the year when Heaven is opened and the Church can enter in.

4. A Jubilee trumpet at the rapture would mark both the end of that particular Jubilee cycle and perhaps even the end of all Jubilee cycles. Thus, in at least two different ways it would be the “last trumpet”. Genesis 6:3 says that mankind would persist for 120 years. This is generally thought to be a reference to the time remaining before Noah’s Flood, but it may also indicate the total number of Jubilee years from creation to the Millennial Kingdom – the length of mankind’s rebellion. 120 years x 50 years = 6,000 years, which just happens to be right about where we are in history.

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