Over the course of my study of the Book of Revelation, I have concluded that the Letters and Seals are parallel descriptions of the years from Jesus to the beginning of the Great Tribulation, while the Trumpets and Bowls are parallel descriptions of the Great Tribulation through to Final Judgment.
In March, I wrote about why I have come to believe the Rapture will be part of the Sixth Seal event.
I believe it is likely that the Rapture will happen sometime during Nisan in a year when Passover and Easter weeks coincide.
Why? Because Seal SIX is opened at the end of Chapter SIX, Seal SEVEN is opened right at the beginning of Chapter EIGHT, and only two things happen in between in Chapter SEVEN:
- On EARTH, 144,000 JEWS from every tribe of the Israelites are MARKED with God’s SEAL (Rev 7:1-8). One understanding of this is that these 144,000 will be Jewish evangelists who go out to preach that Jesus is Messiah during the seven year tribulation.
- In HEAVEN, a great multitude from every nation, race, people, and tongue cheer and wave PALM branches before the throne of God and before the Lamb (Rev 7:9-17).
These events match up closely with the events of the first Passover in Egypt and with Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the Monday of Holy Week.
Passover is commemorated from Nisan 15 to Nisan 22. Jesus’ triumphal entry is commemorated the Sunday before Easter, although the actual event was on Monday, Nisan 10, 33 AD.
Christian communities follow one of two calendars for Easter season – the Roman Catholic or the Eastern Orthodox. Sometimes these coincide with each other. Sometimes one or the other will overlap Passover. Very rarely will all three line up in the same year, but it does happen on occasion. I believe the Rapture will occur during Nisan of one of these rare years.