Rapture in Nisan

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 and Palms

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.

Dates first Easter

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.




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7 responses to “Rapture in Nisan

  1. Ting

    Do you know exactly how rare this is? Does it happen several times a century, for example, or more frequently? I thought the chart you linked to was interesting, but I couldn’t extrapolate from that this late at night!


    • chrissythehyphenated

      You couldn’t extrapolate even if you were alert. The calendars are just too different.

      The Jewish common year has 12 months of 29 or 30 days each; the Jewish leap year has 13 months of 29 or 30 days each. We’re used to dates creeping forward by a day per year; if your birthday is on Monday this year, it’s probably on Tuesday next year. But the Jews add an ENTIRE MONTH, so one year Passover will be close to Easter, then the next year a month separate.

      Some of the months are always the same number of days, but a couple of them can be either, depending how they need to tweak the calendar to make sure Yom Kippur is not on a Sabbath. So, a common year can be 353, 354, 355 days long, while a leap year can be 383, 384 or 385 days long.

      As for leap years, brace yourself. Where we have a cycle of 4 years (3 common + 1 leap year with an extra day), the Jewish calendar has a cycle of 19 years (12 common + 7 leap years with an extra month). Within the 19 year cycle, years 3, 6, 8, 11, 14, 17, and 19 are leap years.

      Is your head swimming yet? Passover always starts on the evening of Nisan 14, but Easter slides all over and the way the Western and Eastern Christian liturgical calendars calculate that day vary by some way I haven’t bothered to even try to understand. I just got a list of dates.

      The Orthodox Easter dates calendar was shortest, so I did them. As I recall, they went from 1900 to 20XX … I forget the future date. I matched up the years when Roman and Orthodox Easters were on the same Sunday, then checked the Hebrew calendar to see if that Sunday fell inside Passover week, making it the Feast of Firstfruits, the day Jesus rose.

      I only found two years: 2014, 2017.

      In 2014, the dates of April and Nisan actually match, so both Easters and Firstfruits are on Sunday the 20th. The following Sunday is the Roman Feast of Divine Mercy; it overlaps with Yom HaShoah, the Jewish commemoration of the Holocaust.

      In 2017, the dates of April do not match, but the 2 Easters and Firstfruits will be the same Sunday and Divine Mercy will overlap Yom HaShoah.

      In addition, in 2017, there will be yet another bizarre coincidence in that the Muslim feast of Lailat al Miraj will be on the same day at Yom HaShoah. I don’t know how the Muslim calendar works, but I did google the holiday for 2014 through 2020. May 25, 2015; May 15, 2016 May 3, 2017; the next bunch are in April, then 2020 is in March.

      Point being … landing smack on Yom HaShoah is RARE. And it’s significant because it is the day Muslims celebrate the the occasion of Mohammed’s Night Journey, in which he ascended to heaven from the Temple Mount and met with the prophets Abraham, Moses and Jesus. It is one of the most important holidays in Islam and the only one that focuses on Jerusalem. I can’t say for sure, having not researched it very far, but I’m thinking it likely this is the reason the Muslims claim the Temple Mount and Jerusalem as their own, why they built a mosque on the exact spot the Jews believe their Temple used to be and where they want it again, except the Muslims won’t allow it. They barely allow a teensy occasional archeological dig around the edges.

      Do you see why my eyes popped out when I saw the incredible conjunction of dates in April 2017?! Plus, … jaw drops as well as eyes popped … I ONLY figured this out yesterday, when I was doing a combined calendar for the 7 years I think are most likely. It took me ages to work out how to do it at all and only yesterday got up to Nisan 5777, which is the mid-point of my proposed year four. Remember the thing about the last seven years, how significant the HALFWAY mark was, because that is when Anti-Christ will break the treaty with Israel. Nisan 5777 is April 2017.


      • Pretty amazing, Chrissy. Goosebumps!


        • chrissythehyphenated

          We’ll know in September if there’s any validity to it. If there’s a treaty, then we have 6 months to get ourselves and loved one ready to say YES when Jesus comes in the clouds. If there is no treaty, … oh well. It’s not like I am passing out cyanide-laced kool-aid or trying to sell all y’all survival kits or gold coins. 🙂


          • True, but if you DO decide to start selling gold coins for the apocalypse, I’ve got just the one for you. The Austrian mint issued a small 10g gold coin back in 2000. It commemorated Christ’s 2000th anniversary, and it has the risen Christ on the front and the apostles on the back. Very cool!


  2. chrissythehyphenated

    Another interesting calendar factoid I stumbled on.

    In 2015, the day-dates of Passover and Roman Easter will match the 33 AD calendar:

    Roman Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday will be April 3, 4, 5;
    Preparation Day, Passover 1, Firstfruits will be Nisan 14, 15, 16.

    Passover 1 is a Sabbath level rest day, so when it lands on Shabbat, it’s like a double rest day. Hope I’m not a bad person for finding it kinda funny that Jesus was in his tomb that day. You know, “I’ll rest when I’m dead.”

    Yom HaShoah will be on a Thursday, so will not overlap Divine Mercy Sunday. And Laylat al-Miraj will be in late May.