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Reasons to consider why some Christians think the rapture may happen on
a
Feast of Trumpets / Rosh Hashanna some year.

The Feast of Trumpets was established in:
Lev 23:23-25 The LORD said to Moses, 24 "Say to the Israelites: 'On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. 25 Do no regular work, but present an offering made to the LORD by fire.' " (Neh. 8, Ezra 3, Num. 29)

WHAT IS THE RAPTURE?

Most Christians believe that when Jesus comes, He will rapture or catch up His Church made up of believing Christian followers of Him into the air to be with Him.

1 Thes. 4:13-18 Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, whohave no hope. 14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who havefallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of theLord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loudcommand, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, wewho are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be withthe Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage each other with these words.

1 Cor.15:49-52 And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.50 I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit theimperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed-- 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of aneye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

Matt. 24:31 And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect fro the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. 40-41 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.

Luke 17:34-35 & 37 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left. " 37 "Where, LORD?" they asked. He replied, "Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather."

Rev. 7:9-17
 After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.
10 And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb."11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,12 saying: "Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!"13 Then one of the elders asked me, "These in white robes --who are they, and where did they come from?"14 I answered, "Sir, you know." And he said, "These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.15 Therefore, "they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them.16 Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat.17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

We are commanded in the Bible to be watchful.  Here are several reasons others have given for the rapture to possibly occur on a Feast of Trumpets some year.  Some I might question.

1. All the Spring Feasts were fulfilled at Christ's first coming, and on the exact day of the feast.
All the Fall Feasts picture the second advent, and the Feast of Trumpets is the first of the fall feasts, picturing the rapture.  The Feast of Trumpets is followed by The Day of Atonement and then the Feast of Tabernacles.  Notice how the rapture may be followed by judgment when comparing the Day of Atonement with the beginning of the trumpet judgments of Revelation 8.

2.  The Feast of Trumpets is also called "Yom Teruah" or the day of blowing of trumpets.  It is Israel's call to repentance and a day of reckoning God entering into judgment with His people.  John the Baptist and Jesus both had a call to repentance.  The Feast of Trumpets precedes the Day of Atonement where there is redemption and forgiveness of sin.  It's an annual reminder to us as Christians to reevaluate our lives and repent of known sin.  The rapture of God's believing people is a call to non-believing Jews to repent and believe. 

3. 100 trumpet blasts are made on The Feast of Trumpets.  The "last trump" is the longest and loudest.  This is believed to be related to the last trump of 1 Cor 15:50-52.  Related passages in   Matt. 24:31 and 1 Thes. 4:16-17 also mention trumpet calls.

4. The Feast of Trumpets is known as the Wedding of the Messiah, the Church is the Bride of Christ, and the rapture is when the Church is caught up to heaven to be wed with Christ - the coming together "to become one flesh".

5. In the Jewish Wedding, a marriage takes place over a period of time known as the "bridal week" where the groom comes for his bride "like a thief in the night" to take (seize / rapture) her away and into the bridal chamber for the bridal week at his father's house.  "Of that day or hour no man knows, but my Father only" is an expression or common Hebrew idiom used by a groom when asked when his wedding will be. He says this because it is his father that will tell him when his preparations on the bridal chamber are completed and it is time. Again, the wedding pictures the rapture.

6. The Feast of Trumpets happens on the "new moon", which is 29.5 days after the last one, meaning it might occur on the 29th or 30th day, nobody knows for sure. "Of that day or hour no man knows" is an expression referring to this feast.

7. The "Open Door" is a symbol of the new moon Feast of Trumpets rapture in Matt 25:1-12, and Rev 3:20-21, & Rev 4:1. Ezek 46:1-3 "Thus says the Lord GOD: The gate of the inner court that faces east shall be shut on the six working days; but on the sabbath day it shall be opened and on the day of the new moon it shall be opened.

8. Col. 2:16-17 says the new moon and the Feasts of the Lord are a shadow of things to come.  We should take note that the Feast of Trumpets is the only Feast of the Lord that falls on a new moon.

9. There are seven days of awe in between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement. Some believe this is a picture the seven years of tribulation. Atonement pictures Satan being defeated and cast away at the end of tribulation. If you add the two day Trumpets feast, and the day of atonement, the 7 days of awe are "ten days of tribulation" which might be referred to in Rev. 2:10.

10. The Feast of Trumpets is also known as the coronation of the Messiah, when He will start reigning as king, thus the beginning of the "Day of the Lord". Trumpets were blown at the coronation of kings. 1 Kings 1:28-34, 2 Kings 9:6-13, 2 Kings 11:12-14 and at the building of the temple Ezra 3:10, John 2:19-21, 1 Cor. 3:16-17, Rev 21:22

11. It is also time for the bema judgment, or the judgment of the works of the righteous, and judgment must begin at the house of the Lord. The rapture is a judgment separating believers from non-believers.

12. On the Feast of Trumpets "At the instant that the Jewish workers heard the trumpet sound, all would immediately stop harvesting, even if they were not finished (think about that!) and go to the Temple for worship! In those days, as it is sometimes today, a Jew & an Arab might be working side by side in the fields - but when the trumpet sounded on this particular day, the Jew would stop and go to worship, while the Arab kept on harvesting. Jesus used this same analogy in Matt. 24:36-44 of the 2nd Coming."