I have been following a group on Facebook that is discussing the Revelation 12 signs and the coming of Jesus at the Rapture. There are a great number who believe that the presence of the Constellations Virgo and Leo with the planets Jupiter, Venus, and Mars, are a portent for the Rapture.
The text of Revelation 12 is about the nation of Israel and the Jews, not Jesus’ church. Whatever the signs in the heavens mean concerning Revelation 12, it is important for Israel and the Jews in the last days. Most likely, this sign is speaking of the beginning of the seven year Tribulation, not of the Rapture.
Before the Tribulation can happen, the church must be removed from the earth. The Bible is clear that the Tribulation is the 70th week of Daniel that is still unfulfilled. During this time God will turn His attention back to the Jews and show that that Jesus is their True Messiah. As Daniel chapter 9 is clear that the 70th week is applicable only to the Jews, the Revelation 12 sign must only be seen as only applicable for the Jews. During the last three and one half years of the Tribulation, the world will experience the 21 judgments of Revelation 6-18. Nearly two-thirds of the world will perish in three sets of seven judgments; Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls. When the abomination of desolation takes place at the newly rebuilt temple at Jerusalem, the antichrist will enter the Holy place and command the world to worship him as God. The Jews living in Israel will flee for the mountains, to a place that God has prepared for them. This last three and one half years will begin the Time of Jacob’s Trouble.
The Great Tribulation is a time of God’s wrath. Paul and Jesus made it clear that those who have trusted in Jesus are not appointed to experience His wrath, but to obtain salvation.
The dates, September 20-22, which come just before the proposed Revelation 12 signs are to be fulfilled, are the time of Rosh Hashanah, or The Feast of Trumpets. This is the fifth Feast that Jesus has yet to fulfill. The Rapture will likely take place during the two day period of Trumpets that starts today at 8am on the West Coast of the U.S., 11am on the East Coast, and most important, 6pm in Jerusalem. The Feast of Trumpets is observed according to Jerusalem time, not by the local time of people around the world. We must all watch Jerusalem for the beginning of Trumpets.
When Jesus said that no one knows the day or the hour, he was telling us the time when He will return for His church for this is what the Jews called the Feast of Trumpets at the time Jesus said these words. The start of Trumpets was a time that no one knew because it depends upon the moment when the darkness of the new moon, begins to show the light of the first crescent.
As the two witnesses watched for the new moon to arrive, where the moon is dark and no light can be seen, they waited till the first glimpse of light was seen of the waxing moon. This was the start of the Jewish New Year, the first day of the seventh month.
Because this moment could arrive at any moment, the witnesses must watch for it. No one knew precisely when it would happen; the day or the hour. This is what Jesus was saying to us. He was not telling us that we cannot know when He is coming, but the exact time during the Feast of Trumpets.
This two day Feast, September 20-22 is when the Rapture will take place, if it is to happen in 2017. If it does not take place at this time, then we will all watch again next year during the Feast of Trumpets in September-October.
Jesus intentionally fulfilled the first four Feast of Israel, Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits and Pentecost
September 20-22, the time when the Rapture can take place
September 23, the time when the signs in the heaven we now see could be an indication that the seven year Tribulation is about to begin.
Israel became a nation once again in 1948, adding 70 years for the same period that the Jews were in captivity at Babylon we come to 2018, a likely time for the 70th week of Daniel to be fulfilled, the Tribulation period.
The Problem With The Current Theories For The Revelation 12 Signs
The difficulty for astronomers in the current Revelation 12 theory is that Leo does not have only 9 stars. In order to make this theory work, those who teach this idea have had to manipulate the number of stars in Leo to make it fit their theory.
This is, unless, we take into consideration that only the 9 stars of Leo that can be seen with the naked eye were chosen by God to be included in the 12 stars for this prophecy.
It is my feeling that the prophecy of Revelation 12 may not be speaking of the stars in Leo at all. The text states “a garland of 12 stars.” The nine primary stars in Leo, plus Mars, Venus, and Jupiter, are not a garland.
If you will look at the following illustration where the 12 constellations are listed with the 12 tribes of Israel, you will see that they are formed into a “garland,” a circle. The Garland of 12 stars are the 12 Constellations which include the 12 tribes of Israel, which is the entire purpose for the text in Revelation chapter 12.
“Clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet:”
Jacob the sun, Rachel the moon. (Genesis 37:10-11)
On her head a garland of twelve stars: Jacob’s 12 son’s, the 12 tribes of Israel. (Genesis 37:10-11)
It is the 12 son’s of Jacob, the 12 tribes of Israel seen in Revelation 12 that are the 12 stars, not celestial objects. This would help confirm that the sign of Virgo and Leo with the three planets, is a sign that is for Israel, not to signal the Rapture not he 23rd. If the Rapture will happen this year, it will be during Trumpets on Sept. 20-22. Source: The Book: “Great Tribulation: Time Of The End”
I am also concerned about Christians who are expecting Jesus at this time. If the Lord does not return this year, it doesn’t not mean that He will not return next year. I have been a Christian for 42 years and living in constant excitement every year, during the Feast of Trumpets, always expecting Jesus to come.
The Revelation 12 signs are for Israel, not the church. Therefore, if the Lord does not come during Trumpets on September 20-22, some may imagine that the Revelation 12 signs were wrong. These signs are to signal that God is about to deal with the Jews in bringing them to their true Messiah. This will happen during the seven year Tribulation.
It is the Feast of Trumpets that we should look to as our sign that Jesus will come for us. Not the Revelation 12 signs. To those who are watching these things, remember this important principle. Do not be dismayed or discoruaged If our Lord does not come this year. Next year is the 70th anniversary of Israel back in their land. It very well may be that the Revelation signs are pointing to 2018.. It may be that 2018 the church will be Raptured during Trumpets and the Tribulation will begin for Israel.
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