So it’s the day after. Things didn’t go as we’d hoped. We’re still here. No trumpet. No shout. No Rapture.
It’s like November 1st and there’s no candy in your bag.
It’s like the day after Turkey Day and there are no leftovers.
It’s like the day after Christmas and you’re stuck with a lump of coal.
It’s like New Year’s Day and you’re totally rested and not hungover because you stayed home and went to bed early because you only drink Marinelli’s Sparkling Cider and Ryan Seacrest ain’t no Dick Clark.
Sometimes things don’t turn out as you’d hoped, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t turn out as they should.
Many of us have been watching for the soon return of Jesus for so long that we’re starting to get a twitch when we see the word “soon.” I’ve been watching for about 40 years. I’ve been watching intently for the past 12 years. When you’ve been watching that long, chances are great that you’ve become disappointed at some point along the way.
I remember the first time I heard about the Feast of Trumpets. I had found Scotty Clarke’s YouTube channel about 10 years ago and devoured all his content. I loved it! He wasn’t some guy with a fancy degree attached to his name - he was just a regular guy like me who loved the Lord and was excited for Him to return.
In 2013, I was sure Jesus was going to come back! I didn’t have much to hang my hat on, just that it was the Feast of Trumpets and I had learned a lot about it. That day came and went and I was kind of down about it. But, oh well.
Then came 2014! Oh, man!!! The tetrad of Blood Moons! 7 years before Israel would be 70 years old! “This Feast of Trumpets IS IT!!!”
Anyone want to guess what happened? Yeah… The Rapture didn’t happen that year either.
Then more Blood Moons. Then more Feast of Trumpets and no Rapture.
September 23, 2017, and the Revelation 12 sign!!! We saw that one coming a mile away! And don’t forget the full Solar Eclipse just one month before! “THIS IS IT!! Jesus is 100% going to Rapture the Church!!!” It was rock solid! This celestial event only comes around once in 7000 years! The heavens were SHOUTING to prepare for the Rapture!
I printed out Left Behind letters and put them on my countertop, and taped one to the refrigerator. I had stacks of Bibles next to them. I had my computer on with a survival guide for whoever would find it first. I told my kids, my parents, and pretty much anyone who would listen about it.
I even figured out what time it was likely to be on that day. I was going to be in the middle of a sales meeting - which was awesome because I hated having those sales meetings first thing on a Saturday morning. I made sure I had a view looking outside toward the East so I could see Jesus coming in the clouds! Those reprobates I worked with were going to see something they would never forget - someone leaving a sales meeting early! In the twinkling of an eye!
The sales meeting started. I kept looking at my watch. Nothing.
Another minute went by. And then another.
Anybody want to guess what happened? I ended up working that whole day instead of getting to go Home early. No Rapture. And I was REALLY bummed out!
How could this be? Everything fit so perfectly!
It’s a good thing I don’t drink because I’m pretty sure if I had, that Saturday evening would have been an expensive night for me.
Feast of Trumpets 2018 came around. This MUST be it?! 2017 was a one-year warning!
Anybody want to guess what happened? You’re probably catching on by now…
2019 was not a year I was particularly interested in any high watch dates. I had been disappointed so many times I didn’t want to get my hopes up. I was kind of burned out from the high of expectations only to be slammed with disappointment when a day had come and gone.
I never lost my faith in the Rapture, though. My passion for it was still strong and I continued to study and watch, even if it wasn’t with the same zeal of 2017.
2020!!! Duh duh duh!! (Cue the '50s drama movie music.)
This wasn’t your standard train wreck. This was a train wreck where the train comes off the rails, catches on fire, falls off a cliff, and then explodes in a massive fireball in the valley below! Even Hollywood writers couldn’t script this stuff!
It was the early summer of 2020 and I started to have dreams that seemed relevant to the End Times and the Rapture. (Search for my “These Dreams” post for an in-depth account of them.) And I also had a very vivid Rapture dream in 2010 that I knew was from the Lord. I was excited because I could see Acts 2:17-21 manifesting all over the world!
I began researching Rapture Dreams on YouTube. You could tell some were real, and some were a bit sketchy. But there were definite themes that couldn’t be contrived which strongly led me to believe they were from God.
I also found Barry Scarbrough, The Watchman, Tim Henderson, RevelationChapter12dotCom, Jan Markell, Tom Hughes, James Kaddis, Ty Green, Bro Chooch, and many others. I was excited! I found my people!! I devoured their content, watched every video I could, and got excited for the Feast of Trumpets 2020. How on Earth could this NOT be the day we were finally going Home?!
My kids wouldn’t listen to me anymore, and that really bummed me out. They are both strong believers in Jesus, but I could see them shut down and clam up as soon as I started talking about it. They finally told me straight up they didn’t want to talk about it anymore.
My parents, however, were very interested in it. So at least I got to talk to them about it. And it seemed like every time we got together before the Feast of Trumpets I had new info to bring them up to date with. We were all really excited!
Anybody want to guess what happened?
Yep. It came and went. I was a little less depressed because I had traveled this road several times before. So I continued looking up and looking forward to the next Feast Day(s).
Day of Atonement. Nope.
Feast of Tabernacles. Nope.
Now we’re getting into some strange territory. There isn’t much time left before the Fig Tree Generation prophecy Jesus told His disciples was about to come to maturation. If the “all these things” of the Tribulation must happen before a generation passes away, then there’s no longer years left… there’s only months left! Unless we somehow misunderstand this prophecy and what a generation is? But that doesn’t seem reasonable considering the Bible seems to be pretty clear about this, right?
Unleavened Bread. Flat and dry.
First Fruits. No fruit.
It MUST BE PENTECOST! Well… I guess not??
We started looking again at the Feast of Trumpets. And this has just come and gone.
I have gone from thinking the Rapture was imminent, to it will definitely happen on the Feast of Trumpets, to it will definitely happen imminently, to it will definitely not happen on a Jewish Feast Day, to it will definitely fulfill a Feast Day because they are for those who believe. And now I definitely don’t have a clue - other than imminency! For now, at least.
We can look at ALL the signs and KNOW we are in the season of His return! We are living in the season that perhaps billions of believers had hoped they would live to see.
When you look at what Jesus said about the signs of His return in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21, and what Paul writes in 2 Timothy 3, and then look at the prophets of the Old Testament and how their prophecies are taking shape, and all the foreshadowing of the events of the Revelation of Jesus Christ?! WHOA!!! Come on! Jesus said they would be like birth pains. Are you seeing things get better or worse? Are you seeing things get worse with greater frequency and intensity? Do you think this baby is going to decide right before it’s time to be born to climb back up into the womb and wait for a year or two? NO! That wouldn’t fit the whole pregnancy typology Jesus chose to use in regards to the timing of His return.
And check this out!
Not only are we seeing “all these things,” we are seeing them EXACTLY WHEN we should be seeing them! Think of that for a minute! What are the chances that all these things would converge at the same time, and then for them to happen at the SAME TIME WHEN THEY SHOULD?! (For us Pre-Tibbers, that is sometime in 2021 - 7 years before Israel turns 80 in May 2028.) I wish Dr. Peter Stoner was still around to figure out these odds as he did with the probability of Jesus fulfilling even 8 prophecies that were written before His birth being 10 to the 17th power, or 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000! These End Times prophecies must be many times greater than that considering they are all converging at the same time and when in time they should be!
Here’s just a short list of them for a refresher:
Israel was born in one day in May 14, 1948. This started the clock.
A Worldwide pandemic (whether you think it’s real or not, that’s not the point - it’s a catastrophic worldwide event)
Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions all over the world like we’ve never seen with greater frequency and intensity.
Crazy weather events - floods, droughts, massive fires, etc.
Mass animal die-offs.
Distress of nations. (Just look at the USA where I live. It’s a dumpster fire here. See also Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.)
Wars and rumors of wars - look at the Middle East.
Israel is ready to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities to prevent them from gaining a nuclear weapon.
The system is in place for the Mark of the Beast.
The World Economic Forum and the Great Reset.
Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030.
The Pope. Enough said.
A covenant waiting for the Antichrist to strengthen in the Abraham Accords.
Cryptocurrency and the move to a one-world monetary system.
The foreshadowing of hyperinflation and supply shortages.
The Temple Institute is sitting on “G” and waiting on “O” to build the 3rd Temple.
I could spend another half hour and 1000 words documenting everything else, but I don’t have to. You see it, too.
So what does this mean?
It means JESUS IS COMING BACK SOON AND VERY SOON! I don’t know what day. And even though I may keep looking at certain days, I know it will happen regardless of when I or anyone else may be looking for it. God already has the Day marked in permanent marker on His calendar. And although this day is imminent, that does not mean it will happen at random.
Jesus’ Name is Faithful and True! He wouldn’t have told us these things if they weren’t going to happen!
He didn’t pull us from the River to drown us in the Sea! Why give us our Salvation and Sanctify us if He isn’t going to Glorify us?
Listen… HE WANTS TO RAPTURE US MORE THAN WE WANT IT! HE’S BEEN PREPARING FOR THIS FOR 2000 YEARS!!!
Paul tells us to “encourage each other as we see the Day approaching” probably because he knew we’d need the encouragement. This is not the time to get down and depressed. It’s the time to anxiously await His return! There’s waaaaaaaaaaaay too much evidence to prove all these prophecies are completely reliable, and there’s absolutely no reason to start doubting now!
“Okay, Dave… But I’m weary and I don’t know how I’m going to make it.”
Well, I get it. But it’s time to put your grown-up pants on and get over yourself! We’re probably days, weeks, or months away from the Rapture. Our dearly departed brothers and sisters waited their whole lives and never saw it. YOU ARE BLESSED to be living in this time!
Here’s my Daily Action Steps for you to live victoriously each day with joy as we eagerly await His return:
Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind; and love others as yourself! This never goes out of season.
Pray and read your Bible EVERY DAY! Do it in the morning before you get your coffee, turn on the TV, or look at emails and texts. Give God the first fruits of your day - He will bless you for this!
Have an Attitude of Gratitude. Thank God for all the blessings every day - even if the list is the same day-to-day.
Turn off the news and stop scrolling through social media and getting depressed. Or at least set a limit on it. 90% of what you see there is negative. Toxic things and people bleed you. Keep them at a distance and/or at minimum exposure.
“Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]” (Philippians 4:9 AMP)
One of our brothers wrote about how he did the above - read the word and listened to some Christian music and it renewed his mind for the day. Do that!
Meditate on seeing Jesus for the first time! Your first hug from Him! Seeing loved ones again who are already in Heaven.
Get plugged in with other like-minded believers, even if they are asleep to End Times. Fellowship and encouragement that comes from it are essential.
Share the Gospel - it is why we are still here! Be BOLD! God’s Word never goes out and comes back void.
I know these are difficult times. But as a pastor of mine once said, “It’s the ‘hard’ that makes it ‘great’”! Things aren’t going back to normal, but things are falling in place! You may need to battle to fight off the blues every day, but the reward is worth it - a Crown of Righteousness for loving His return!
Don’t grow weary of doing good. Rest in His promises. Be kind to those God has placed around you!
We’re going Home soon.
Blessings to you and yours.
If you don’t know if you’ll be part of the Rapture, the Bible is CLEAR you can know!
Admit to God that you’re a sinner in need of saving. Believe Jesus is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead. Call upon His name.
Do it now! When you do, you are SAVED and SEALED and will soon take the ride of your life when Jesus comes for us who believe.